Chicken and turkey
Chicken and turkey breast also help increase your intake of the amino acid tryptophan, which the body uses tryptophan to make serotonin – one of the most important neurotransmitters when it comes to mood. It also helps to make the hormone melatonin, which regulate sleep.
Lean poultry also contains another amino acid called tyrosine, which can help reduce symptoms of depression and help you avoid feeling blue in the first place. Tyrosine is used to make the hormone adrenaline – low levels of which have been associated with depression.
How much do you need? Luckily, you can’t really over do it on chicken and turkey – use them a few times a week in soups, sandwiches or on their own with vegetables.