How to Increase Seratonin Naturally
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter found in the brain. It affects things such as mood, appetite, sleep and even memory. Prozac and other antidepressants interact with the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), preventing the uptake of serotonin and making more available in the bloodstream. Serotonin also is found in plants, a fact that may interest those who are looking to improve their levels without taking medication.
Increasing Serotonin Naturally
Take 15 to 50 mg of folic acid every day to help boost serotonin. Vitamin B6 (400 mcg a day) also is helpful in boosting serotonin and in antidepressant activity. A recent study showed low vitamin B6 levels in depressed patients.
Combine calcium and magnesium to boost serotonin, 500 milligrams of each twice a day. St. John’s wort, an herbal supplement, has been to increase serotonin levels without many of the side effects of antidepressants. Try 300 milligrams of St. John’s wort three times a day.
Exercising 20 minutes a day also increases serotonin by releasing hormones called endorphins.