L-tryptophan (TRP) is the precursor amino acid for the synthesis of serotonin (5-HT). 5-HT is effective both on the food intake and gastrointestinal system contractility. The aim of this study was to search the effects of systemic TRP treatment on 5-HT levels of ileum and searching the effect of ileal contractility and oxidant status. Swiss-albino mice were divided into two groups: 1. Control, 2. TRP-treated (100 mg/kg/24 h, i.p., for 7 days). Body weights were recorded at the beginning and at the end of experiments. Acetylcholine-induced contractile responses in the isolated ileum were recorded on polygraph. Ileal tissue malondialdehyde and glutathione levels determined by spectrophotometric and ileal tissue 5-HT levels were measured by immunohistochemical methods. TRP treatment decreased body weight and increased ileal contractile response. In the TRP-treated group, ileum malondialdehyde levels increased and glutathione levels decreased. Immunohistochemical detection showed that ileal 5-HT levels were increased by TRP treatment. There is a relationship between increased oxidative stress and increased contractility in the ileal tissue of the TRP-treated animals. These effects may be related to increased ileal 5-HT synthesis.