Serotonin is a neurotransmitter a chemical in the brain which acts as a mood elevator in a person. It is affected greatly by the food we eat, it provides a feeling of wellness and deficiency of serotonin in the brain will cause negative impact on our mood.
Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms
Various serotonin deficiency symptoms are described below:
- Anxiety and fear.
- Subdued mood.
- Obsessive tendency.
- Suicidal behavior
- Anger and aggression.
- Sugar craving
- Less sleep.
- Chronic pain
- Fear of thunderstorm and darkness.
Foods which are useful in maintaining serotonin level in our brain are walnuts, green leafy vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin B6 play an important role in serotonin balance in the brain.
Causes Of Serotonin Deficiency
Serotonin deficiency in our body is caused by following factors:
- Environmental pollution and chemicals.
- Deficiency of tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin.
- Deficiency of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin B6.
- Decreased circulation in brain.
Serotonin deficiency syndrome is caused when there is lack of tryptophan a type of amino acid; this gives rise to various depressive issues. Tryptophan degrades quickly in absence of vitamin B complex and when there is excess of mental stress.
High level of serotonin can affect the heart and pulmonary vessels.
Treatment For Serotonin Deficiency
Treatment of serotonin deficiency is possible by regularly eating food high in vitamin B-complex and tryptophan and proteins.Turkey, cottage cheese, and brown rice contain high quality of tryptophan.
Reducing stress and sufficient sleep of 7 to 8 hours and regular exercise will be useful in treating serotonin deficiency symptoms.