The serotonin level in your body and brain is significantly affecting your mood. This hormone plays an extremely important role in your overall well-being. Learn about how the hormone affects your body, how it can positively affect your mood, and how you can quite naturally increase your serotonin levels.

This is how serotonin affects the body and brain

Serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmitter, which contributes to the regulation of numerous body processes. Serotonin carries out its most well-known function in the brain. In the brain, serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, and thus as a messenger for stimulating nerve cells. This is particularly important for processing and transmitting information in the brain. In a manner of speaking, serotonin checks whether all the brain's information processes are running properly. If the hormone is present in only a low dose, these information processes in your brain fall out of balance and that in turn will adversely affect your mood. That's why serotonin is also called the "happiness hormone". A study by the Washington University focused particularly on the relationship between depression and serotonin. They found that if the happiness hormone is missing, there is often depression and mental illness.¹ A well-regulated serotonin level is of great importance for the brain, and thus also for your mood. Serotonin also has a positive impact on virtually every aspect of your physical well-being. Its function in the body plays an important role in your appetite control, because serotonin has a controlling function in the enteric nervous system. It also affects the cardiovascular system, for example, in the contraction of blood vessels. In both cases, serotonin binds to certain receptors, the so-called "5-HT receptors".

Take-Home-Message: Serotonin is hormone, neurotransmitter, and messenger in one. In the body, serotonin carries out several control functions in the cardiovascular system and in the intestine. In the brain, it controls the transmission of information. If this is disturbed by having too little serotonin, your brain gets out of balance and you will become sad and depressed.

Boost your serotonin levels: These are your options!

Whether with amino acids, vitamins, or minerals, there are many ways to raise your serotonin levels naturally. An extensive study by the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience² looked at natural "Serotonin doping" and found the following: Vitamins and minerals make an extremely important contribution to the production of serotonin. They are so-called "cofactors", needed by the body for the synthesis of the hormone. Cofactors are substances which are not in fact direct components of the hormone, but are necessary for the formation process. Thus it is always important to be adequately supplied with the required cofactors. Other substances which can be found in various foods, however, do act as source materials, so that a sufficient amount of happiness hormone can be formed. Since serotonin is also made of amino acids, more happiness hormone can be formed when increased amino acids are eaten, which are a precursor of serotonin. This includes, for example, the amino acid tryptophan, which is particularly strong in foods such as nuts, fish, or wheat. Another way to increase the serotonin level is with so-called selective "serotonin re-uptake inhibitors". These are chemical antidepressants, which do not increase the concentration of the hormone, but they do ensure that more of the messenger material ultimately arrives at the receptors. However, these are prescribed by a doctor only for depression and strong mood swings.

Take-Home-Message: You can optimise the happiness hormone in different ways. Vitamins and minerals enhance the serotonin as so-called cofactors, while amino acids in food are involved in the direct formation of serotonin.

Naturally more serotonin: These 5 micro nutrients will help you!

1. Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 must be present in order to facilitate the conversion of amino acids into serotonin. The vitamin is a so-called cofactor and essential to the formation of the happiness hormone. Antidepressants often also include vitamin B6. People who suffer from severe depression often have a very low concentration of this vitamin in the body. Unfortunately, this important vitamin B6 cannot be fully produced by the body itself, but luckily is included in many foods. Good plant sources include avocado, cabbage, green beans, and lentils. Good animal sources are poultry, liver, and fish.

2. Vitamin D
Vitamin D, the vitamin which is formed only by solar radiation, could be the most important "missing" vitamin for your mood. Deficiency of this vitamin is widespread in the population. Too low of a concentration may be responsible for depression, or for the so-called "winter blues", because vitamin D regulates conversion of the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin. Therefore: Get out in the sun. This is guaranteed to boost your well-being! Find our VITAMIN D3+OIL in our shop!

3. Green tea (L-theanine)
L-Theanine is an amino acid that is found almost exclusively in green tea. Amino acid increases the concentration of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, because it has the unique ability to increase the activity levels of alpha brain waves. Alpha brain waves do occur in the waking state if a relaxed and effortless awareness is present. A double-blind study of the University of Queensland has proved the relaxing effect of L-theanine, and thus the effect on well-being.³ If alpha waves increase, it puts you in a condition similar to meditation.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are primarily found in fish like salmon and mackerel, but flax seeds and oils also contain a lot of omega-3. They are among the most important nutrients for overall brain health and its proper functioning. The fatty acids are vital for building healthy brain cells and for promoting the formation of new brain cells. People with low serotonin levels often have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Two main components of omega-3 fatty acids are docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid. These two acids act on the body receptors which all hormones arrive at in order to spread their effect, making them more sensitive to serotonin, while increasing its release. Find our KRILL BOOST with the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in our shop.

5. Rhodiola (rose root)
Rhodiola rosea has many names - golden root, rose root, western rose root, king's crown, etc., and has almost as many applications as it has names! Even the ancient Greeks used rose root to increase their overall physical and mental vitality. It is an excellent serotonin amplifier which also reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Rhodiola is highly effective because it ensures that the serotonin can quickly reach the brain. Rhodiola increases the permeability of the blood-brain barrier and is therefore often used against poor concentration and low well-being.

Take-Home-Message: So your own serotonin levels in the body, and thus your own mood, can be raised especially through food, and particularly through micro-nutrients. You only have to know how!

Studies

1. https://source.wustl.edu/2002/01/low-serotoninreceptor-levels-linked-to-depression/
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077351/
3. http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:284103

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