Is there such a thing as happy foods?

According to research, the hormone, serotonin, can have an effect on enhancing mood and the chemical is commonly linked to feeling good and happy. Serotonin has even been linked to living longer.

Serotonin is a chemical messenger that is said to act as a mood stabiliser, to help produce healthy sleeping patterns as well as boost your mood.

Supplements of the amino acid, tryptophan, can increase your serotonin levels and tryptophan depletion has seen in those suffering from anxiety or depression. However, there are also natural ways to consume tryptophan.

Here are 7 foods which can boost serotonin levels.

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  1. Eggs

The protein found in eggs can significantly boost your blood plasma levels of tryptophan. It is however imperative not leave out the yolks.

2. Cheese

Cheese is also great source of tryptophan.

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3. Pineapples

Fresh pineapples are known providers of serotonin.

4. Tofu

Soy products are rich sources of tryptophan. You can substitute tofu for pretty much any protein, in pretty much any recipe, making it an excellent source of tryptophan for vegetarians and vegans.

5. Salmon

Besides being an excellent source of tryptophan, salmon also has other nutritional benefits like helping balance cholesterol and decreasing blood pressure.

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6. Seeds and Nuts

All seeds and nuts contain tryptophan.

7. Turkey

Turkey is rich in tryptophan.


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