2. Serotonin-Rich Foods Don’t Raise Serotonin Levels
You may have heard you should eat bananas to raise serotonin levels because they contain serotonin.
Or that you should eat turkey because it contains tryptophan, a serotonin precursor.
While these tips sound good, they are myths with no basis in reality.
There are very few natural serotonin food sources. (3)
The list of serotonin-rich foods is a short one:
- hickory nuts
The serotonin in food does not cross the blood-brain barrier, your brain’s security system for keeping out foreign substances.
So the serotonin found in food does not get into your brain and will not boost your mood. (4)
Serotonin Foods and Tryptophan
Most foods that are good sources of protein are also good sources of tryptophan.
- seafood of all kinds
- meat of all kinds
- poultry of all kinds
But eating tryptophan doesn’t guarantee it will get into your brain or turn into serotonin any more than eating serotonin-rich foods does!
Here’s why …
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