Serotonin Foods and Mood Disorders

1. INTRODUCTION

Serotonin-rich foods don’t boost serotonin, but a special serotonin diet and some specific foods can elevate mood and help treat disorders like depression.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that’s been called the “happy molecule” for the important role it plays in maintaining a positive mood. (1)

It’s believed that low serotonin levels are responsible for the current epidemic of depression.

Prescription drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) help alleviate depression by increasing brain levels of serotonin.

But they can have serious side effects and don’t work for almost half of those who try them. (2)

Consequently, many people with depression are searching for ways to increase serotonin levels naturally.

One seemingly simple solution would be to eat foods high in serotonin.

But it turns out the answer is not that simple.

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