Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters are those chemical elements of our brain.  The human brain is incredibly capable of having 100,000 chemical transmissions a second. Neurochemicals influence thoughts, emotions, moods, and behaviors. Around 50 neurotransmitters have been identified with the more influential one’s being:  1.) serotonin helps with positive mood and it is a mood stabilizer. The body manufactures serotonin with help of the amino acid tryptophan. Serotonin helps with sleep, calmness, and some alleviation of the sadness emotion, 2.) endorphin is a pain relieving neurotransmitter.  It is similar to morphine, but actually can be 3 times more powerful. Endorphin can produce euphoria. Endorphins can release sex hormones. One possible way to release endorphin is by extreme exercise (some claim to have a “runner’s high”), and 3.) dopamine is Nature’s pleasure neurotransmitter and it is Nature’s way to motivate behavior. Dopamine is a monoamine neurotransmitter essential for brain functioning. It is found by the decarboxylation of dopa —> an amino acid found in the liver. In later posts,  I will present dopamine in the discussion of drug addiction, tolerance, and dependency.

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