Serotonin Diet: Food That Gives You a Lift

Serotonin, a naturally occurring chemical in our bodies, has a significant effect on mood and appetite. Most of the antidepressant medications prescribed today work by raising serotonin levels in the brain. Some foods are really rich in serotonin, and can raise your spirits.

Some people may be better off using prescription antidepressants, but diet can help mood problems. There are significant links between what we put in our bodies and how we feel emotionally. For example, a diet that’s very rich in tryptophan and tyrosine boost serotonin because they are large chain amino acids that are precursors to serotonin.

Below are foods that may help raise serotonin levels in your brain. However, if you are depressed, anxious or very stressed, make a point of talking with your doctor about how you’re feeling.

High Serotonin Concentration
Bananas
Kiwi
Pineapple
Plantains
Plums
Tomatoes

Moderate Serotonin Concentration
Avocado
Black Olives
Broccoli
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Dates
Eggplant
Figs
Grapefruit
Honeydew melon
Spinach

Adapted from Super Healing: The Clinically Proven Plan to Maximize Recovery From Illness or Injury by Julie K. Silver, MD (Rodale, 2007).

58 comments

DJ M.
DJ M.6 months ago

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aj E.
aj E.2 years ago

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Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 years ago

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Bente S.
Bente S.2 years ago

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

I'm glad to see these are all fruit and vegetables.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

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Teresa W.2 years ago

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Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

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Penny C.3 years ago

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Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

Thank you for the list,very helpful.