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There is nothing like a good turkey dinner, either at Thanksgiving or on Christmas day. The post turkey meal usually leads me to sit on the couch, ready for a nap. Turkey has a way of enticing us into an oblivious state of thinking because of the amino acid, tryptophan. “Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin niacin, which, in turn, helps the body produce serotonin, a remarkable chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a role in sleep. So you might think that if you eat a lot of turkey, your body would produce more serotonin and you would feel calm and want a nap.”

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