Foods With High Serotonin

Updated July 19, 2017

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that prevents you from feeling high-strung, sad or anxious, according to Women's Health Magazine. Low levels of serotonin enable you to have these negative feelings, and studies suggest that eating foods high in serotonin may cause you to be calmer and happier. There are variety of foods, many high in carbohydrates, that are high in serotonin levels.


Oatmeal contains carbohydrates that helps the body create serotonin, according to Organic Spa Magazine. Because oatmeal isn't full of sugar, the chances of consuming too much insulin that lowers a body's blood sugar level is lowered. The lower the blood sugar, the higher the serotonin in the body. Eating whole grains, such as low-sugar oatmeal, helps keep you in a good mood. Oatmeal is high in fibre, helping you maintain your weight or keep you trim.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain starches and carbohydrates that help enhance serotonin levels in your body, according to Organic Spa Magazine. Eating sweet potatoes helps you maintain calmness and keep you content. Sweet potatoes also contain beta carotene, a nutrient that helps protect your skin. Sweet potatoes can be topped with a small amount of brown sugar, cinnamon and butter for added flavour.


Salmon is an oily cold-water fish that contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help produce serotonin in the brain, according to Wellbeing Magazine. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial because they improve brain function, causing an increase in mood, alertness and concentration. Mackerel and halibut are other examples of oily fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids, therefore raising serotonin levels.

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Brooke Williams is a freelance writer living in Alabama. She is a former education and government reporter at a daily newspaper and has been writing since 2003. Williams received her journalism degree from Auburn University. She has written for "Health for Alabama" and "Health for Tennessee" magazines.