Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that is a neurotransmitter (a chemical in the nerve cells that sends messages to other nerve cells). The functions that dopamine control are memory, learning, sleep, moods, cognition, motivation, and movement.
Insufficient levels of dopamine are linked to:
* Parkinson’s – Parkinson’s is an inflammatory, degenerative disease. Low dopamine levels can cause tremors and difficulty with movements.
* ADD/ADHD – PET Scans (Positron Emission Tomography) have shown that people suffering from ADHD/ADD have lower levels of dopamine.
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – Most studies of brain transmitters have shown that people suffering from CFS and Fibromyalgia have significantly lower levels of dopamine.
* Depression – Depression is one of the most common conditions due to low dopamine.
* Weight Gain – “In a 2008 article in Nutrition & Metabolism, German doctors reported that low dopamine levels cause weight gain in many obese people. Obesity is thought to be a symptom of reduced dopamine production that leads to overcompensation by eating more food. The researchers found that weight gain was particularly evident in patients who ceased another form of dopamine stimulation, such as taking drugs, smoking or drinking alcohol. Dopamine addiction also can be set off by certain foods that create pleasure zones for some people, so that once they start eating a certain food they cannot stop.” (Livestrong.com)
* Restless Leg Syndrome – Restless Leg Syndrome is an indicator of low dopamine levels – dopamine is the chemical that is connected to voluntary/involuntary movement.
* Addiction – “It has been said that people with addictions are low on dopamine. A low dopamine level causes us to unconsciously seek out dopamine raising drugs and behaviors and get addicted to them.” (www.nursenrecovery.com)
One way to increase dopamine levels is to add hemp to the diet. Hemp has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) needed by the human body.
Omega 3 is the fatty acid that aids in dopamine production in the brain. Tyrosine, an amino acid, is also found in hempseed. The body uses enzymes to convert Tyrosine to dopamine.
Because hempseed has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids and is a complete protein (it has all essential amino acids), it is an excellent supplement choice for increasing dopamine levels and decreasing symptoms that occur due to low dopamine.
*This post is for information only, and is not intended to replace advice from a medical doctor.