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Why is serotonin important in reducing anxiety?

Serotonin is a crucial chemical (neurotransmitter) for improving mood and decreasing anxiety. Researchers have found a clear connection between low serotonin levels and increases in anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges

Not only fundamental for regulating anxiety and mood, serotonin is also important for:

  • Memory & sleep – melatonin production
  • Libido
  • Gastro motility / bowel movements
  • Wound healing & bone health

The remaining 5% of serotonin is produced in the brain. This is why what you consume (eat, drink, breath and topically apply /  wash your clothes in) has a direct influence on your Mental Health. 

Cofactors required for the body to adequately synthesise serotonin include:

  • Tryptophan
  • Magnesium 
  • Omega 3
  • Vitamin D & Vitamin C
  • B3, B6, B12 & folate 
  • Calcium, iron & zinc

Deficiencies in ANY of these can result in decreased serotonin production. 

Tryptophan (amino acid) found in some protein-rich foods like: turkey, chicken, salmon, tofu, eggs, nuts & seeds.

Cofactor nutrients can be found in: grass fed beef, Dark Green Leafy Veg (DGLV), eggs, tofu, cashews, chickpeas, cauliflower, peppers, kale, kiwi, lamb, oranges, parsley, pumpkin seeds and spinach (to name a few!)

Keep an eye out on my next post which will talk about the Gut and serotonin production in more detail. 

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