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September 01, 2022 2 min read

Tryptophan: the mood booster

Bananas are often thought of only as healthy food, but did you know that they can also improve your mood? This is because bananas contain high levels of tryptophan.

Tryptophan is an amino acid you can only get through your diet because the human body cannot make it. It is found in animal and plant proteins.

When consumed with Tryptophan, the human body will convert it into serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical associated with feelings of happiness and well-being.


Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in mood, sleep, and anxiety. It's thought to help regulate mood and emotions, and it's also involved in regulating sleep and anxiety. Low serotonin levels have been linked with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.


Why am I telling you this?

Because I want to show you one of the reasons Agarwood incense (and oil) make you feel better: it may increase your serotonin levels


Mood-boosting Agarwood incense

This article discusses how the incense smoke from Agarwood can increase mouse serotonin levels, leading to anti-anxious and anti-depressant effects. Using a newly established exposure system, The scientists discovered that the agarwood incense smoke had anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. These effects were likely caused by increased serotonin levels and multiple neuroactive pathways in mice.


The above suggests that agarwood incense can boost your mood by increasing your serotonin levels. Additionally, it appears that the anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects of agarwood incense are mediated by multiple neuroactive pathways. This means that the benefits of agarwood incense may be even more widespread than previously thought.



Don't like to burn incense? Agarwood oil can boost your mood too

For example, a study conducted on rats showed that alpha-agarofuran and the derivative 4-butyl-alpha-agarofuran found in Agarwood oil could help to manage serotonin and dopamine levels, which in turn eases anxiety induced by serotonin.

So what is Dopamine?

Dopamine is produced in several brain areas, including the Substantia Nigra and the ventral tegmental area. It is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. Dopamine also plays an important role in motivation, attention, and learning.

Why does Agarwood oil make you feel good?

Agarwood oil helps regulate neural activity by interacting with receptors, the cAMP signalling pathway, 5-hydroxytryptamine, the cholinergic pathway, the dopaminergic pathway and other pathways.

What does this mean?

This means that Agarwood oil helps keep the nervous system functioning normally by communicating with different parts. This can be beneficial in terms of maintaining normal mood, cognition and behaviour and preventing or treating conditions that may develop due to abnormal neural activity.


Agarwood essential oil has potential preventive and therapeutic effects on sleep disorders, anxiety, depression and other neurological diseases. This article provides scientific research that suggests agarwood essential oil has sedative-hypnotic effects (the effects of a drug that makes someone feel sleepy or calm). It also explores the mechanism of these effects.

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