How Many Servings of Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Mood?

You Are What You Eat

“Thousands of papers have been published on the important topic of what determines people’s subjective well-being and psychological health,” but what about the potential influence of the different kinds of foods people eat? I explore this in my video Which Foods Increase Happiness?.

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Top 7 Foods That Boost Serotonin

The Takeaway

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter released by the pineal gland of the brain

It is most well-known for its positive effect on mood, but it also helps to regulate digestion and body temperature

Foods that boost serotonin include: kiwi, dark chocolate, seeds, nuts and vitamin D-rich foods

Some foods contain tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin, but these are only effective when consumed with a high-carb, low-protein diet

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Large array of cut fruits in a colorful pile.
10/02/2018
You Are What You Eat “Thousands of papers have been published on the important topic of what determines people’s subjective well-being and psychological health,” but what about the... read more
Yellow bunch of bananas on matching yellow backdrop
05/15/2018
The Takeaway Serotonin is a neurotransmitter released by the pineal gland of the brain It is most well-known for its positive effect on mood, but it also helps to regulate digestion and body... read more
Large array of cut fruits in a colorful pile.
10/02/2018
You Are What You Eat “Thousands of papers have been published on the important topic of what determines people’s subjective well-being and psychological health,” but what about the... read more
Yellow bunch of bananas on matching yellow backdrop
05/15/2018
The Takeaway Serotonin is a neurotransmitter released by the pineal gland of the brain It is most well-known for its positive effect on mood, but it also helps to regulate digestion and body... read more