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Those smiles probably aren’t thanks to tryptophan. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Turning to turkey’s tryptophan to boost mood? Not so fast

Tryptophan, found in food, is an important ingredient in the neurotransmitter serotonin. But is that enough to support it as a possible mood booster? The research is decidedly mixed.
St John’s Wort has been proven to be as effective as medicinal anti-depressants in treating mild to moderate depression. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources/Flickr

Weekly Dose: St John’s Wort, the flower that can treat depression

The flowering tops and aerial parts of the St John's Wort plant are used medicinally in the form of tinctures and tablets to treat a number of conditions affecting the nervous and immune systems.

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