Foods that contain tryptophan, an amino acid, help to improve our mood. Our body uses this tryptophan to produce serotonin, which in turn makes us feel good. Without serotonin production, we feel down and low. Unless we get enough tryptophan through our diet, we will suffer due to a lowered level of serotonin production. Low levels of serotonin production are associated with anxiety, mood disorders, cravings and irritable bowel syndrome. The foods that have the highest levels of tryptophan in them are: mung beans, turkey, lobster, sunflower seeds, asparagus, tofu, pineapple, cottage cheese, spinach, and banana. There are books written with about recipes that are designed to solve serotonin deficiency in our body without the intervention of any drugs. Carbohydrates play an active role in tryptophan absorption in our brain, and cravings for carbohydrate rich foods are an indication of that subconscious drive of ours to try to increase serotonin levels. Carbohydrates such as oats are slow releasing and help tryptophan absorption through the blood-brain barrier without actually creating a recoil in the hypoglycemic dip. Oats are known for their low glycemic index and are more helpful in this task. Bananas trigger serotonin production in our bod they are a rich source of potassium and are also rich in amino acids. Blueberries, pineapple and avocado which are rich in antioxidants, folate and vitamin B, provide tryptophan to produce serotonin in our body. Seafood that is rich in omega-3s is known to bring down the symptoms of depression in our brain. Tuna and salmon, prawns, and lobster crabs are particularly rich in vitamin B, zinc, and magnesium which can help our brain produce the chemicals that make us feel good. Legumes are rich in proteins but have no fat in […]