At this time, researchers and doctors are still in the study stage since they can’t use a live human to measure what different neurotransmitter like serotonin do in the brain.
They do use animals but the function in animals is different than humans.
They also may lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic, and even excess anger, which you may take out on your loved one.
The vitamins and minerals in certain foods will help create serotonin. Eating the right foods or supplements may actually do wonders for your depression, more so than you might realize.
Carbohydrates create serotonin but only temporarily. This is where people make the mistake of overeating because it makes them feel better.
And it does, but only temporarily as said. Protein contains tryptophan, a large amino acid which coverts to serotonin in the brain.
Many people take this information and then completely constrict their diet to only proteins, like using the Atkins diet.
But this is not good. Cutting carbohydrates out completely can actually have the opposite effect than what you want.
Tryptophan works best when consumed in conjunction with small amounts of good carbs, such as a scoop of brown rice, beans or a handful of nuts. Foods containing tryptophan.
Foods high Omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil are great mood stabilizers as well.
Fish oil has two Omega-3 fatty acids in it. The first isEPA (eicosapentaenoic) and the second is DHA (docusahexaenoic).
Studies have been done where both of these fatty acids were given to people with depression and bipolar disorder.
EPA is the one that has shown to improve the mental health of the people used in the studies however, if you want to use fish oil with both EPA and DHA, know that having both does not change the effect that the EPA has.