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

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

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

Uridine: The Neurological Benefits

Uridine is one of five nucleosides which make up nucleic acids and is found in RNA but not DNA. Uridine is present in many foods in the form of RNA. The following foods contain trace amounts of uridine: §  Tomatoes §  Brewer’s yeast §  Beer §  Broccoli §  Baker’s Yeast §  Mushrooms §  Oats § 

Parkinson’s Disease: Natural Substances

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these