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Swiss cheese makes me sleepy! Huh!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

"Several casomorphins, breakdown products from the milk protein casein, are opioid receptor agonists, and are found in cheese. In nature, these encourage the baby or calf to feed, and calm them. In our unnatural state of consuming milk after infancy, they're just a mild sedative with slight addictive effects. "

"Cheese also has high levels of the amino acid tryptophan, the precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, and restored serotonin levels via tryptophan supplementation has a sedative effect, with effective doses in the range of cheese heavy meals (500mg +). Oxindole formed by gut metabolism of tryptophan contributes to sedative effects as well."

OH! But why "swiss" in particular???

I have known this for a long time--but I LOVE Swiss cheese. I succumb to it every once in awhile--and sure enough I feel sleepy soon after eating it!


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