Tag Archives: norepinephrine

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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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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Norepinephrine: responsible for focus, mood, energy…and sleep?

Recently, we had a post about the importance of GABA, serotonin, and melatonin in sleep circuitry.  These calming markers are not the only factors important for sleep, however. Did you know that norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter commonly seen as excitatory, is … Continue reading

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Do you have enough energy to rock around the Christmas tree?

Family, food, gifts, and fun are all part of the joy of the holidays for most people.  For many, fatigue is also a part of the holiday season.  Staying up late for holiday parties or the stress of finding a … Continue reading

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“Stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards: Why weight gain is due to stress

The increased incidence of diabetes in society today is well-known.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese and 11.3% of U.S. adults have diabetes.  What is less known is … Continue reading

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Attention! Calling all neurotransmitters!

Inattention, trouble focusing, impulsivity, hyperactivity…  All children have trouble with these at some times, but for the 5-10% of school-age children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), these issues are a constant daily struggle. ADHD is correlated with underlying biochemical imbalances … Continue reading

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