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anti-depression foods high in tryptophan

Anti-depression foods high in tryptophan are one of the best ways to boost your mood and increase your energy.

“You are what you eat,” it is said. Your mood and energy are determined by various factors, but a key factor is what you eat. Insufficient protein, in particular, can lead to low serotonin level symptoms.

How to raise serotonin levels? One of the best ways is to eat more food high in tryptophan – foods that increase serotonin.

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, a mood-boosting neurotransmitter. Serotonin makes us happy. That’s nice. At night, serotonin coverts to melatonin, which helps us sleep. So trying increasing your intake of tryptophan for insomnia and sleep through the night.

One of the best known food sources of tryptophan is turkey, which gets a bad rap because of Thanksgiving and its alleged tendency to make you stuffed and drowsy. However, what really makes us groggy on Thanksgiving is the carbohydrates, booze, and the fact that we ate about 5 meals in one sitting.

The truth is, turkey is a great anti-depression food. First, it’s protein-rich. And if your mood is low – whether you’re depressed and/or low-energy – chances are you’re not getting enough protein. Some specialists will recommend protein – ideally meat or egg – at every meal, plus protein snacks in between such as nuts.

Other serotonin-producing foods include dried egg whites, dried spirulina, dried cod, soybeans, Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds and pork chops. Indeed, all these natural sources of serotonin have even more than turkey.

So, if you want to feel better by day, and sleep better by night, get over your Thanksgiving bias, and gobble up some turkey or other anti-depression foods containing l-tryptophan.


Erich Toll is the writer/producer of the forthcoming “Good Mood” video series. You can contact him at Champion Communications, a video production Denver company