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If this is your situation, here are some serotonin supplements proven to help increase serotonin levels naturally.
There are many kinds of nutritional supplements that increase serotonin levels — amino acids, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and more.
We prefer tryptophan supplements not just because studies have not conclusively found that 5-HTP helps depression, but because 5-HTP is intended for long-term use.
It comes from Griffonia simplicifolia, an African woody shrub. But we’ve put it in the amino acid category since it’s so closely associated with tryptophan. S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, 5-HTP is sold as an over-the-counter supplement for ADHD, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, migraines, sleep disorders, and weight loss (7).
Elsewhere in Europe, it’s available as a prescription drug (8).
Unfortunately, this supplement’s usefulness for depression may be more hype than substance.
Within a few months, this inevitably causes a cascade of negative side effects (10). Datis Kharrazian, author of , lists these co-factors as needed for the synthesis of either tryptophan or 5-HTP to serotonin — vitamins B3, B6, and B12, folic acid, and magnesium.
Look either for serotonin boosting supplements that contain these along with the main active ingredients or add them separately with a high-quality multivitamin mineral supplement.