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What is the function of neurotransmitters?

What is the function of neurotransmitters?

Homeostasis: Neurotransmitters are both inhibitory and excitatory, and exist to balance appropriately, the infinite entering signals from outside activity, and respond motorically as appropriate. These are chemicals which are secreted in the synapse which connects nerve to nerve, but also nerve to muscle, sweat glands, etc.

Neurotransmitter (Definition)

A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the ...Read more


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How do I balance my neurotransmitters in my brain with amino acid therapy to get it into good working function again?? Any help and tips!!

Several queries: What is concerning you regarding your "neurotransmitter" function? Are there emotional issues, cognitive issues, headaches, dizziness, fatigue? And why do you think amino acid therapy does anything practical or helpful? Give us direct concerns and we can pinpoint some directions for you.

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What specific Autoimmune diseases attack brain cells and neurons causing a dramatic effect to neurotransmitters, hormones and the function of the brain

What specific Autoimmune diseases attack brain cells and neurons causing a dramatic effect to neurotransmitters, hormones and the function of the brain

Lupus: Systemic Lupus can attack everywhere and lead to the things u asked about. Other considerations are vasculitis syndromes as there is an autoimmune attack on and in blood vessels which can affect neurons indirectly. Myasthenia Gravis also affect the neuromuscular system and affects one of the main neurotransmitter, AcetylCholine. Rheumotologist is specialist to see for autoimmune disorders

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How does food effect neurotransmitters?

How does food effect neurotransmitters?

Production.: Neurotransmitters are produced in the body using precursors that are found in food like certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are needs to make appropriate level.

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How can I increase my neurotransmitters?

Comments: Why do you view a need to "increase my neurotransmitters", do you have a degenerative neurological condition? In Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. we do have a Multi-Neurotransmitter Deficiency problem, and we have drugs to enhance and stabilize the imbalances.

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What are the results of acid on neurotransmitters?

What are the results of acid on neurotransmitters?

Which acids?: And which neurotransmitters? And in what clinical context are you asking the question because I can't really think of a good scenario where"acids" would be able to be exposed to neurotransmitters in a person unless their entire body is in a fulminant acidotic state with no compensation occurring and that is generally not compatible with life....so maybe a little more information would help?

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Do you know if neurotransmitters are highly reactive?

Do you know if neurotransmitters are highly reactive?

Generic response: Neurotransmitters are critical in nerve/nerve cell interactions within the brain and spinal cord and certainly critical with neuromuscular, internal organ, and sweating, and more. In disease states, neurotransmitter function can be impaired, but when imbalance occurs, further dysfnctn can be present. Hope that helps, but am unclear as to what you wish to know.

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What is the definition or description of: neurotransmitter?

What is the definition or description of: neurotransmitter?

See below: A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the other cell or neuron.

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What are mental conditions associated with neurotransmitters?

What are mental conditions associated with neurotransmitters?

Neurotransmitters: Depression could be lack of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrin bipolar could be excess glutamate alcohol could be gaba glutamate imbalance etc.

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Which are the neurotransmitters involved in the creative process?

Which are the neurotransmitters involved in the creative process?

All of them: What part of a car makes it go fast? Is it the engine? The transmission? The tires? The exhaust system? The streamlining? Or all of it together? We hear so much about malfunctioning neurotransmitters and brain diseases where parts don't work well that we fail to appreciate that a normally functioning brain makes use of all of its resources at the highest level of integration.

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How can you figure out which neurotransmitter your body is low in?

How can you figure out which neurotransmitter your body is low in?

Not possible.: That idea of low and high neurotransmitter levels as a cause of mental disorders is appealing but not precise. Direct measures of brain neurotransmitter levels is impossible with existing technology and probably wouldn't help much in diagnosis & treatment if available.

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Can you tell me how is the action of a neurotransmitter terminated?

Here's an example: Acetylcholine gets into the synaptic cleft, stimulates the neuromuscular junction and muscle contracts, but to relax, the chemical needs to be decreased, and acetylcholinesterase hydrolyzes to acetic acid, and choline.

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Which neurotransmitters are released/ needed when a person concentrates on something?

Which neurotransmitters are released/ needed when a person concentrates on something?

Brain Power: Very good question. De-codifying the synchronization of the brain chemicals during different tasks is an evolving science at this time. With functional MRI technology some of the pathways activated during learning, reading and memorizing are now being mapped. Acetylcholine, glutamate and Dopamine are released in different areas of the brain during concentration and memory processing.

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Do neurotransmitters effect emotions or do emotions effect neurotransmitters? Which comes first?

Do neurotransmitters effect emotions or do emotions effect neurotransmitters? Which comes first?

Consensus is: That neurotransmitters affect our subjective experiences--feelings and thoughts, and lots of other mental events (pain, sensorimotor impressions, taste, vision, hearing, vestibular functions; you name it). If the hardware is in place, then external events can produce reactions in them, so subjectively it seems that emotions and thoughts trigger internal states. Its probably a two-way street.

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Which has more influence our thoughts controlling neurotransmitters or our neurotransmitters influencing our thoughts?

Which has more influence our thoughts controlling neurotransmitters or our neurotransmitters influencing our thoughts?

Chicken and egg: Argument. Actually nobody really knows exactly what a "thought" is. The best analogy that we have is the computer but if the brain is a computer it may be a new type.

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I was wondering what are 4 neurotransmitters affected by tricyclics antidepressants?

I was wondering what are 4 neurotransmitters affected by tricyclics antidepressants?

See below: All of the commonly used antidepressants work primarily on two neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and serotonin. Dopamine is affected by serotonin levels, and acetylcholine may also be affected. Changing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine are currently believe to be the main effect which alleviates depressive symptoms. There are many other neurotransmitters that are involved...Stay tuned.

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What neurotransmitters regulate pain perception?

What neurotransmitters regulate pain perception?

Multiple transmitter: Pain is complicated and multiple neurotransmitters modulate pain. Not to confuse you but they include substance P, norepinephrine, VIP, endorphins, serotonin, somatostatin, CGRP, GABA, glutamate, cholecystokinin, and nitric oxide and there are just as many, if not more, receptors. As you can see, the regulation of pain is very complex with multiple etiologies.

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Which neurotransmitter affects sleep mood and appetite?

Which neurotransmitter affects sleep mood and appetite?

Not so simple, but: Main neurotransmitters for behaviour and mood are norepinephrine and serotonin, but dopamine does play a role in all of this, but much more complex than just simple few chemicals.

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Is it possible to be allergic to your own neurotransmitters?

Is it possible to be allergic to your own neurotransmitters?

No: With rare exception, the immune system can only make antibodies to large proteins. Neurotransmitters are small, non protein molecules and cannot elicit an antibody response.