What does a lack of serotonin cause?
Low levels of serotonin in the brain may cause depression, anxiety, and sleep trouble. Many doctors will prescribe a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) to treat depression.
How do I know if my serotonin levels are low?
Serotonin deficiency is thought to be associated with several psychological symptoms, such as:
- depressed mood.
- impulsive behavior.
- low self-esteem.
- poor appetite.
Can low serotonin cause hairloss?
A variety of serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been shown to cause hair loss, though this side effect is generally rare. The risk of alopecia seems to vary between different SSRIs (18), and SSRI-induced hair loss is associated with an individual, rather than a drug-specific, sensitivity (4).
How can I raise my serotonin levels?
Brain serotonin levels can also be raised by eating foods rich in L-tryptophan, such as chicken, eggs, cheese, turkey, beef, salmon and tuna, tempeh, beans, lentils, spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, pumpkin and chia seeds, and nuts.