Dopamine: Enhancing this Important Neurotransmitter

Dopamine is an important catecholamine monoamine neurotransmitter.  Dopamine plays important roles in motor control, motivation, arousal, cognitive control, reinforcement, and reward.  It is considered a stimulatory neurotransmitter. Dopamine controls the brains voltage or power. The brains power determines the ability to: Stay focused Stay on task Concentrate Accomplish a job or task A deficiency of

Natural MAO-B Inhibitors: Inhibiting the Degradation of Dopamine

Dopamine Neurotransmitter Dopamine is a catecholamine monoamine neurotransmitter. Dopamine controls the brains voltage or power.  The brains power determines the ability to: Stay focused Stay on task Concentrate Get a job done A deficiency of dopamine results in not enough maintenance of brain voltage, which is generally manifested as the brain slowing down. The Table

Can a Spoonful of Ceylon Cinnamon Make the Parkinson’s Go Down?

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system in which dopamine generating cells in the substantia nigra die.  This then affects the motor system with regards to movement related activities, such as, shaking, rigidity, difficulty in walking and slowness in walking. Two proteins in the brain act to protect neurons in the

Support and Enhancement of Phase II Detoxification Pathways Using Foods, Food-Derived Components and Nutrients

Phase II Detoxification Pathways There are 6 Phase II detoxification pathways in the body.  Each conjugation pathway serves a specific purpose of detoxifying certain toxins and requires specific nutrients to function.  These 6 detoxification pathways include: Glutathione conjugation Methylation Sulfation Acylation/Glycation Acetylation Glucuronidation These 6 conjugation pathways are found primarily in the liver and in

A Multiprong Approach to Mild Cognitive Impairment – Prong One: Nutrients that Support Brain Function

According to the Mayo Clinic, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is defined as: “Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia. It can involve problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment that are greater than normal age-related changes. If you have

Balancing Your Neurotransmitter Systems Naturally

A balanced and healthy nervous system requires a sufficient level of neurotransmitters.  There are a number of neurotransmitters that have been identified and are typically classified as: Amino acids Monoamines Peptides Another classification of neurotransmitters is whether they are inhibitory or stimulatory.  For purposes of this article, four main neurotransmitters are examined: Stimulatory Acetylcholine Dopamine

Enhancing the Six Phase II Detoxification Pathways by Consuming the Necessary Nutrients

The detoxification system of the body consists of three phases that process toxins for excretion from the body.  The Phase I detoxification pathway is responsible for breaking fat-soluble toxins down and then sending the metabolites to the Phase II detoxification pathways, which builds new substances from the metabolites by adding molecules to them, which is called conjugation. The

Psychobiotics: Examining the Positive Effects of Probiotics on Mood Disorders and Stress

Human Microbiota The human microbiota consists of an aggregate of microorganisms that reside on or within a number of tissues and biofluids, including the skin, mammary glands, placenta, seminal fluid, uterus, ovarian follicles, lung, saliva, oral mucosa, conjunctiva, and gastrointestinal tracts. These microbiota include bacteria, fungi, and archaea.  For many years it has been estimated

Rosmarinic acid as Adjunctive Therapeutic Agents for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Disorders

Rosmarinic acid is the structural ester of caffeic acid and 3,4-dihydroxyphenyllactic acid.  It is a predominant phenol in many well-known herbs, namely: Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) Sage Salvia officinalis (Common sage) Salvia lavandulaefolia (Spanish sage) Ocimum basilicum (basil) Ocimum tenuiflorum (holy basil) Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) Mint Thyme Origanum majorana (marjoram) Oregano  Perilla frutescens  (Perilla leaf)

Purslane: Slows Telomere Shortening and Up-Regulates Telomerase Activity

Portulaca oleracea (with the common name of Purslane, also known as verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, red root, pursley, and moss rose) is an annual succulent in the family Portulacaceae.  Although purslane is considered a weed in the United States, it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. It has a slightly sour and salty taste