What substances increase dopamine and serotonin?

The supplement 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a substance your body creates from an amino acid called tryptophan. 5-HTP, in turn, is used to create serotonin

Unlike serotonin itself, 5-HTP can readily make its way from your bloodstream to your brain, where it can quickly be converted into serotonin.

5-HTP does not convert, but influences the release of dopamine and norepinesphrine.

Tyrosine is an amino acid ingested through protein foods. It is converted into the neurotransmitters dopamine and norephinephrine.

Carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, whole grains and cereal raise levels of tryptophan, an amino acid the body needs to make serotonin

Vitamin B6 works to bring neurotransmitters in balance

Increase Omega-3 - fatty acids (DHA and EPA) found in fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, tuna) obtained only through diet increase serotonin

Reduce intake of Omega-6 (found in vegetable oils, meat, milk, eggs, soybean, corn oils) In recent times, omega-6 have increased in individuals to 10 - 25 times more than the amount needed in the diet.

Balance the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3

Vitamin pills and mineral supplements cannot replace nutrition found in real foods from other contributors:

There is no relationship of Tyrosine to Serotonin, it is not involved in the Serotonin synthesis; 5-HTP is also a precursor to serotonin.

Insulin surges, low blood sugar and anemia effect the production of the brain's ability to produce both these NT's.

MAO inhibitors are not the first line of meds for depression and have many adverse reactions and effects ( side effects are just effects). Those taking drugs which are MAOI's need to be aware of the chance of having a medical hypertensive emergency reaction between them and high Tyramine foods like aged, smoked , pickeled , spoiled, cured , fermented or smoked foods and certain drugs, etc.

Dopamine can be made from Tyrosine but Tyrosine is not an essential amino acid. But is essential to the brain as the brain cannot make it and needs the liver to produce it from the essential amino acid DLPA

There is a need to balance low or high blood sugar in order to allow the brain to receive the Tyrosine and Anemia must be also corrected in order for proper conversion of Tyrosine to L Dopa which then converts to Dopamine providing there is enough vitamin B 6. Vitamin B 6 is used up often in chronic use of SSRI's like Prozac or alcoholism.. Liver Disease and gut infections also effect the production of dopamine in the brain.

The most important way to inactivate used dopamine is reuptake but this is hindered by a lack of Magnesium or Methyl donors. The following use up the Methyl donors needed to recycle dopamine: Hypothyroidism, Low HCl in the stomach caused by H Pylori or other causes, use of Birth control pills, antacids, estrogen replacement therapy to name a few. H Pylori conditions may be supported with H PLR from Apex also.