Medicine and Heath Podcast

May 2017 Focus: Brain
Dopamine synapse
17 Oct 2017

Neurotransmitters; Functions and relationships to Medications and Nutrients

Originally aired on 05-11-2017


Most of us have heard of someone having a “chemical imbalance” and needing medication for some reason.  Just what are those chemicals, where and how do they operate and what really is an “imbalance”?  How do these chemicals in the brain relate to medications and also to the nutrients that they are based on?

  • Quick summary of brain chemistry:
    • Excitatory (uppers): Dopamine, Nor-epi, Histamine, Serotonin, Glutamate…
    • Inhibitory (downers): GABA, Glycine, Neurosteroids…
    • Regulators: Histamine, Serotonin, Glycine


  • How are these things made naturally?
    • Diet = Nutrients:  Amino acids, cholesterol, vitamin and mineral co-factors
  • Common drugs for deficits:

    • Depression:  SSRI, SNRI, Catecholamine
    • Anxiety:  Benzodiazepines, SSRI, Mixed agents
    • Bipolar: Lithium, Atypical drugs, Seizure drugs
  • Nutrient therapies:
    • Amino acids
    • Vitamins
    • Minerals
    • Lipids (fats)
    • Herbs
  • General diet advice:

    • Blood sugar – brain connection
    • Regular meals
    • Protein amino acids
    • Colorful foods Minerals and vitamins
    • Fish, Grass fed animals Good fats
    • Eggs, Soy, Olive oil, Fish oil Membrane lipids


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