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Updated: Dec 3, 2022

Summary: Neurotransmitters can have a major impact on mental health. Targeted supplements as well as a nutrient-dense/ anti-inflammatory diet can improve mood and eliminate anxiety.

Neurotransmitters are the body’s chemical messengers, sending impulses throughout the central nervous system, having a major impact on mental health. Balancing the concentrations of these messengers (including acetylcholine, glutamate, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), glycine, dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin and histamine) usually reduces anxiety, depression, and cravings while improving sleep and mental clarity. Deficiencies in serotonin or GABA can have a significant role in anxiety and depression. Since each neurotransmitter is constructed, in part, by stringing together amino acids, amino acid supplements can effectively normalize neurotransmitter concentrations, but requirements vary among individuals. Iron, zinc, and B vitamins are also components of some neurotransmitters and their deficiencies should be corrected. Alcohol, sugar and simple carbohydrates increase inflammation while depleting zinc and B vitamin levels. Certain medications can also deplete all three of these nutrients.

Mental health can be improved in many people with a nutrient dense/anti-inflammatory diet and a balanced lifestyle. Certain foods are inflammatory and may cause joint pain as well as inflammation within the brain. Medications, stress, toxins, and nutrient deficiencies can be associated with low neurotransmitter concentrations. A comprehensive approach involving proper nutrition, eliminating food allergies/sensitivities and toxins, reducing stress and inflammation, improving sleep, together with amino acid supplementation can relieve anxiety and depression in many people.

Nutrients from foods are superior to supplements, carrying little risk of overdose or side effects. Nutrients in food also come bundled with enzymes that work synergistically to improve absorption and bioavailability. Home cooked meals with organic, fresh, local whole foods are ideal for healthy living and a clear, calm mental state.

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