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Dopamine and Type As

So this week we continue our discussion on neurotransmitters.  If you missed part 1 or part 2 read them first.
Here again is the overview for brain hormones (neurotransmitters)

  • Serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline, acetylcholine, GABA
  • Relaxing side = serotonin and GABA
  • Stimulating = dopamine, adrenaline and acetylcholine
  • Impacts cravings and motivation

So as you can see, dopamine is a motivating hormone.  People who are dopamine dominant are often referenced as type As, very driven and usually like lots of caffeine.
Signs of Dopamine Deficiency
“Early warning signs are loss of energy, fatigue, sluggishness, memory loss,
or the blues.
Physical Issues: Physical issues: Anemia, balance problems, blood sugar instability, bone density loss, carbohydrate cravings, decreased appetite, decreased strength, diabetes, diarrhea, anorgasmia, digestion problems, hypersomnia, head and facial tremors, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, joint pain, kidney problems, light-headedness, low libido, narcolepsy, obesity, Parkinson’s, slow metabolism, slow rigid movements, substance abuse, sugar cravings, tension, tremors, thyroid problems, swallowing problems.
Personality Issues: Aggression, anger, carelessness, depression, fear of being observed, guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, pleasure-seeking behavior, stress intolerance, social isolation, mood swings, procrastination, self-destructive thoughts.” (1)
What foods can help with Dopamine deficiency? Those are foods highest in l-tyrosine and amino acid. (2)

  • Fava beans
  • Duck
  • Chicken
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Oatmeal,
  • Mustard greens
  • Edamame
  • Dark chocolate
  • Seaweed
  • Wheat germ

What supplements can help with Dopamine? (always check with your physician before supplementing)
Dopamine Boosters (best results with l-tyrosine and Rhodiola)
Phenylalanine 500 mg
Tyrosine 500 mg 1000 mg
Methionine 250 mg 500 mg
Rhodiola 50 mg 100 mg
Pyroxidine 5 mg 10
B complex 25 mg 50 mg
Phosphatidylserine 50 mg 100 mg
Ginko Biloba 50 mg
There you have it!  Hopefully this can give you some insight into why you (or a loved one) behaves a certain way, has certain cravings and what to do about it.
As always if you have any questions feel free to contact us.
2.  Wylde on Health, Your Best Choices in the World of Natural Health, Bryce Wylde
3. J.A. Nasser, A. Del Parigi, K. Merhige, C. Wolper, A. Geliebter, S.A. Hashim. Electroretinographic detection of human brain dopamine response to oral food stimulation. Obesity, 2013; 21 (5): 976 DOI: 10.1002/oby.20101