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.