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Supplements for happiness

Your body requires several vitamins and minerals to create dopamine. These include iron, niacin, folate and vitamin B6. If your body is deficient in one or more of these nutrients, you may have trouble making enough dopamine to meet your body’s needs.

Blood work can determine if you are deficient in any of these nutrients. If so, you can supplement as needed to bring your levels back up. In addition to proper nutrition, several other supplements have been linked to increased dopamine levels, but thus far, research is limited to animal studies.

These supplements include magnesium, vitamin D, curcumin, oregano extract and green tea. However, more research is needed in humans. Having adequate levels of iron, niacin, folate and vitamin B6 is important for dopamine production. Preliminary animal studies suggest that some supplements may also help boost dopamine levels, but more human research is needed.