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How To Balance Dopamine And Serotonin Levels
Think yours are low?: This is about the nervous system. What makes you think your "levels" are low? Neurotransmitters don't HAVE "levels". They don't just float around or circulate in blood. They're made in the terminal boutons of neurons, released into the synaptic cleft, & immediately either recycled & replaced or taken back up. Neurochemistry isn't just a New Age fad. REAL knowledge is power. Go arm yourself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Naturally means?: Do you mean WITHOUT use of typical pharmacological agents which are prescribed in the U.S. and elsewhere? Tyrosine is an amino acid which is a building block for dopamine. When taken in greater quantities than we get from ingestion dopamine levels will rise in the brain. However, at such necessarily high levels, significant side effects can occur. Needs to be monitored closely by physician. ...Read more
Serotonin: They are all neurotransmitters.Get a more detailed answer ›
Dopamine production: There is no proven way to increase dopamine. Ingested Dopamine is broken down in the stomach and small intesting (unless combined with a special medication...Carbidopa, for example in the medicine given to parkinson's patients carbidopa/levodopa). It can be given intravenously, which is done sometimes to help increase blood pressure. See also: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/dopamine. ...Read more
Can zyprexa and antipsychotics withdrawal lead to an excess of dopamine? Will these dopamine levels go back down eventually?
Will 10mg of amitriptyline increase serotonin and noreph. Levels to assist with stress and/or anxiety?
Can you tell me if morphine sulfate increases dopamine levels in the brain while decreasing serotonin levels 5-ht ?
Timing: There is more than one answer depending on timing. Opiates initially increase bothe Dopamine and serotonin levels. However, long term abuse can lead to lower than normal levels as you deplete the body's reservoirs of these neurotransmitters. It also makes a difference WHERE in the CNS you are trying to measusre these things. Most of the work has been done on mice and extrapolated to humans! ...Read more
Gaba & Serotonin: If you have low GABA, you will have food cravings together with poor impulse control. To balance levels of GABA, you must eat meat especially beef liver, fish, brown rice, lentils, beans, oats, whole wheat, cantaloupe, oranges and mushrooms. Tryptophan is the chemical precursor of serotonin. Foods in the brain where it synthesizes serotonin. Foods with complex carbohydrates are pineappet tryptop ...Read more
Can raising acetylcholine levels through supplements lead to insomnia? When acetylcholine is raised does that also raise dopamine too?
Caffeine depleted my serotonin levels and melatonin levels causing me to have anxiety. What natutal supplements can I take?
Assessment 1st: What you take depends on what the problem is, & what result you want. Before trying more supplements, it would make sense to see your doctor for assessment of the "derealization" and insomnia you mentioned in your additional patient information. These may be connected to more complicated conditions, and need specialized treatment for best results. Hoping for the best possible outcome for you! ...Read more
St Johns wort: Is a very potent herb and should not be used with other anti-depressants. ...Read more
Yes: The caffeine in coffee blocks Adenosine receptors, which when activated make you tired and sleepy. This blockade also affects all major neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, acetylcholine, serotonin -- and in high doses, norepinephrine too. Dopamine effects are not in the exact same regions of the brain that other addictive substances affect, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serotonins: Serotonin is a brain chemical involved in vital body functions and to regulate mood and sleep. These are the foods that increase serotonin from literature review- buckwheat, bananas, dark chocolate, sour cherries, whey protein, wild fish and seafood , flaxseed, free range turkey and beef. ...Read more
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