In Episode #54 – as a special Thanksgiving treat – we’re joined by Gilles Guillemin, Professor at The Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University and world leader in research on L-tryptophan and neuroinflammation. Professor Guillemin dispels the turkey-makes-you-sleepy myth that often comes up at this time of year, and explains the actual effects of L-tryptophan and its metabolites on our neurochemistry.
In keeping with the holiday theme, we also delve into some interesting findings on alcohol consumption and its effects on our brain’s impulse control mechanisms, and, on a slightly lighter note, how one can properly refer to a group of turkeys.
Key Terms Mentioned
- This Week in Neuroscience: Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Impair Brain’s Pathways That Underlie Impulse Control
- Hypnagogic Harvests of a Sputtering Brain
- The French Paradox
- Kynurenine Pathway
- 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)
- Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)
- Quinolinic Acid
- Animal Collective Nouns
Introduction to Professor Gilles Guillemin and L-tryptophan
This Week in Neuroscience: Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Impair Brain's Pathways That Underlie Impulse Control
Thank-you to Jt Olsen
New writing on SmartDrugSmarts.com: Hypnagogic Harvests of a Sputtering Brain
The French Paradox
Mythology of L-tryptophan and Thanksgiving
What is L-tryptophan?
The effects of L-tryptophan and 5-HTP on our neurochemistry
Light exposure and its effects on Serotonin versus Melatonin production
Resveratrol, Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) and anti-aging
Differences between consuming tryptophan as a supplement and as part of your diet
Why would one supplement with 5-HTP over L-tryptophan to regulate mood?
Difference between chemically synthesized and natural 5-HTP
Serotonin and quinolinic acid and their effects on depression and suicidal behavior
Ketamine used as an antidepressant (and Ketamine's physiological downsides)
L-tryptophan as a biomarker and its use with cancer patients
Tryptophan metabolites and their role in protecting fetuses from mothers' immune systems
Daily recommended amounts of tryptophan and how to get it in your diet
What does the "L" mean in "L-tryptophan"
Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: What Do You Call A Group Of Turkeys?