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July 24, 2004



Neurotransmitters Are Derived From Nutrients in Your Diet

Interestingly, all of the neurotransmitters—both

inhibitory and excitatory—are derived from nutrients that you

take in through your diet. They are produced from the amino acids

found in the protein that you eat. Serotonin is produced within

the brain from the essential amino acid tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan

(5-HTP), an amino acid produced from tryptophan. While tryptophan

is not currently available as a supplement, it is abundant in turkey,

pumpkin seeds, and almonds. In addition to increasing serotonin

levels, 5-HTP triggers an increase in endorphins and other neurotransmitters

that are often low in cases of depression.

The excitatory neurotransmitters, which can cause

anxiety, are derived from tyrosine, a very important amino acid

that is produced from the essential amino acid phenylalanine. A

variety of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin B-6,

and magnesium, act as co-factors and are necessary for the conversion

of these amino acids into neurotransmitters.

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