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W stands for Tryptophan (amino acid)

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TURKEY: Is rich in the amino acid tryptophan which helps promote a restful, deep sleep.
While it's true that turkey contains tryptophan - about a quarter gram for every 100 grams of the meat - tryptophan is also present in hundreds of other foods, including chicken, fish, eggs, sunflower seeds and that Thanksgiving favorite up north, caribou.
Tryptophan is the dietary precursor of serotonin, and the combination of excessive alcohol intake and a low-tryptophan diet has been found to be associated with both decreased brain serotonin and increased aggression.