7 Foods to Boost Serotonin for Improving Mental Health and Mood

Living healthy means more than eating to maintain or lose weight. Healthy eating today includes nutrient-rich foods. Some meals include serotonin, which is studied to boost mental health and happiness.


1. Salmon

Salmon is rich in serotonin-producing tryptophan. Its high omega-3 fatty acid content benefits the skin, heart, and bones and boosts serotonin. Vitamin D in salmon helps produce serotonin and maintain bone health.

2. Nuts and Seeds

For vegetarians, nuts and seeds provide tryptophan, protein, and a good salmon substitute. Most nuts and seeds are ideal for snacking or adding to a meal, and many whole grain breads now contain them.

3. Turkey and Poultry

Turkey and poultry are protein-rich and high in tryptophan. Many people imagine we slumber after a large Thanksgiving lunch full of turkey, and that's partly true, but we usually eat a lot of everything. Still, turkey tryptophan can boost holiday cheer.

4. Eggs

Bodybuilders and athletes love eggs for their protein. Be aware of egg preparation to maximise health benefits. Boiled and poached eggs are healthier than fried ones since they use less fat.

5. Tofu and Soy

It is made from soy and has a lot of tryptophan in it. Soymilks have become popular in the past few years, and many vegans and vegetarians get their tryptophan from soy products instead of meat.

6. Milk and Cheese

Cheese and milk are excellent sources of tryptophan and as an added bonus they are rich in calcium for healthy bones and teeth. To stay on the healthy side, choose milk and cheese that are low in fat to receive all the benefits without gaining weight.

7. Pineapple

Pineapple has a lot of tryptophan, which helps the brain make more serotonin. Pineapple also has a lot of bromelain, which is a great protein that everyone should eat regularly because it helps reduce inflammation.

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