Understanding Our Key Neurotransmitters

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Our brain messengers: Neurotransmitters

While there are actually hundreds of different neurotransmitters there are some key ones found to influence how we think and feel:

Dopamine, adrenalin and noradrenalin: These are our feel-good neurotransmitters helping to keep us energised, motivated and stimulated.

Serotonin: Often described as the “happy” neurotransmitter. Serotonin is further metabolised to melatonin, an important antioxidant hormone that promotes sleep.

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA): This quietens the brain, reducing anxiety and encouraging a sense of calm.

Acetylcholine: For memory, mental alertness and skeletal muscle function.

Endorphins: These work like opiate drugs, relieving pain and promoting euphoria.

Glutamate: Highly stimulatory and can lead to over excitement.

Taurine: This helps to promote GABA and therefore brings about calmness.

 

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  • Adrienne says:

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