This article is from Dec 09, 2021

Is eating curd rice good for the brain? Is tryptophan only found in curd?




Serotonin is a chemical that promotes communication between nerve cells. Serotonin deficiency can lead to mood disorders such as anxiety, anger and depression. Serotonin’s essential amino acid is “tryptophan”. Likewise, tryptophan is used in the production of melatonin, which helps regulate sleep patterns. It cannot be produced directly by the human body and can be taken in through food.

The claim that tryptophan helps to calm the brain and provide cool thinking is true. However, the information that only curd rice releases the chemical tryptophan is incorrect.

A 2009 article on tryptophan on the website has listed foods that contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is found in many foods such as milk, cheese, chicken, nuts, bananas, peanuts, and oats.

In the case of curd rice, “It helps if foods containing tryptophan are eaten with carbohydrates, which increases its efficacy. Rice had carbohydrates and curd has tryptophan. This is because eating carbohydrates leads to the production of insulin in the body. This, in turn, directs other amino acids to body muscles, while tryptophan remains untouched”, reported The Quint article.


In our research, tryptophan is a chemical that calms the brain, induces cool thinking, and the release of tryptophan by curd is true.

But the claim that curd rice is the only food source of tryptophan is incorrect. It is known that not only curd is a dairy product and also other foods such as cheese, chicken, and nuts has tryptophan.

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