Tag Archives: dopamine

Oxidative stress? Let’s take a look at DOPAC…

In the past several weeks, there have been a number of posts about oxidative stress and the effects that it can have on neurotransmitter pathways, including the tryptophan pathway and catecholamine synthesis. Dopamine metabolism can also contribute to oxidative stress. … Continue reading

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Tetrahydro…what? It’s essential to understand the whole neurotransmitter pathway

Last week’s post covered the effect oxidative stress can have on the tryptophan pathway and potential decreases in serotonin synthesis. This week we will discuss how oxidative stress can also have a drastic effect on catecholamine (epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine) … Continue reading

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When you hear “craving,” do you think sweet, salty…or serotonin?

We all experience cravings from time to time – a piece of fudge, one more handful of potato chips, or another slice of that heavenly apple pie. These cravings might not be due to the temptation of all the goodies … Continue reading

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Patients with low mood all have unique neurotransmitter patterns

Depression is a common illness, approximately 1 in 10 people report symptoms of depression (http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/). Imbalances in monoamine neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and norepinephrine, are commonly indicated in depression.   Despite this knowledge, therapies addressing serotonin and norepinephrine imbalances are often ineffective.  … Continue reading

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Progesterone and neurotransmitters: the under-recognized relationship

Hormones and the nervous system are linked in ways that may not be obvious. In recent weeks, we’ve explored the connections between estrogen and serotonin and testosterone and dopamine. Progesterone is another hormone that has many implications in the nervous … Continue reading

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Dopamine and testosterone – two important pieces of the neuroendocrine puzzle

Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, Roger Clemons, Manny Ramirez…the list of athletes that have made the news for taking performance enhancing drugs is long and seems to grow daily. These news stories put hormones such as testosterone in a negative light, … Continue reading

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