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Depression and Serotonin

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Depression is a serious mental condition that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The disorder can come and go in a relatively quick manner or, it can linger and make daily, normal activities a dread to get through.

Generally speaking, depression is recognized as a condition that takes over a person’s mind, and turns happiness into sadness. It leaves people feeling down, apprehensive about life, and feeling as though there is little to no hope for them in the foreseeable future. As a result of depression’s multiple negative effects, many antidepressant drugs have been developed in an effort to battle back against the debilitating condition.

The one thing that antidepressants have in common is their innate ability to boost serotonin, the “happiness-inducer.”

Serotonin is a hormone that is located in the human brain, digestive tract and platelets. It can be found in a plethora of vegetables, fruits and mushrooms – which explains why doctors advise unhappy patients to adopt better, more nutritional diets. It also transmits nerve impulses and causes the narrowing of blood vessels.

Serotonin is typically recognized as the most notable happiness-inducing hormone. It increases feelings of joy and relieves things like anxiety, depression, and negative moods. It helps people sleep better, work more efficiently and function as a capable, well-balanced member of society. It has a role in human metabolism, vomiting, and body temperature.

Foods known to carry a lot of serotonin include:

- Free Range Turkey
- Flaxseed/ Flaxseed oil
- Buckwheat
- Wild Fish and Sea food
- Whey protein
- Bananas
- High quality Eggs
- Sour Cherries
- Free Range Beef
- Dark Chocolate

Anyone who is concerned about whether or not they are getting the right amounts of serotonin to the brain in an effort to counteract their depression should contact their local physician for a consultation.

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