Dopamine Boosting Foods Healthy Way.

Discussion created by anaussiemom on Feb 21, 2018
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Dopamine-Boosting Foods

Potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, broccoli, oranges, spinach, and Brussels sprouts contain some dopamine.

Bananas are a particularly rich source of dietary dopamine.

However, the dopamine consumed in food doesn’t cross the blood–brain barrier and so has no impact on your brain.

If you want to elevate your dopamine level with food, you’ll need to use a workaround.

Dopamine is made from the amino acid l-tyrosine which is commonly found in protein-rich foods.

Eating a diet high in l-tyrosine can help ensure you’ve got the basic building blocks needed for dopamine synthesis.

Here’s a list of foods, drinks, and spices known to increase l-tyrosine or dopamine directly.

  • all animal products
  • almonds
  • apples
  • avocados
  • bananas
  • beets
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • fava beans
  • green leafy vegetables
  • green tea
  • lima beans
  • oatmeal
  • olive oil
  • oregano
  • peanuts
  • rosemary
  • sea vegetables
  • sesame and pumpkin seeds
  • soy products
  • turmeric
  • watermelon
  • wheat germ

Fava beans, also called broad beans, are one of the few foods that contain l-dopa, a direct precursor to dopamine that is used to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Foods high in natural probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, and raw sauerkraut can also increase natural dopamine production.