Contrary to popular belief, the consumption of animal foods may actually decrease tryptophan levels in the brain. Carbohydrates, on the other hand, can boost transport across the blood-brain barrier, which has been used to explain premenstrual cravings.
Nota del Doctor
This is the third of a four-part video series (mentioned in Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death) on natural ways to boost serotonin in the brain. Human Neurotransmitters in Plants shows that plants themselves can contain serotonin. The Wrong Way to Boost Serotonin is a cautionary tale about tryptophan supplements, and we’ll next discover the Best Way to Boost Serotonin. The arachidonic acid in animal foods may also contribute to negative mood states through an inflammatory mechanism. See, for example, my videos Plant-Based Diet & Mood; Inflammatory Remarks About Arachidonic Acid; and Chicken, Eggs, and Inflammation.
For further context, check out my associated blog posts: How To Boost Serotonin Naturally; Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year; Saffron vs. Prozac for Depression; and Treating Parkinson’s Disease with Diet.