Why is dopamine also called the “molecule of happiness”?
We have all heard of dopamine, but do we really know what it is?
And how does it impact our body and our emotions?
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates many functions in our body.
The more we study this molecule, the more we understand its significant impact on our physical body, mental estate, and emotions. This exceptional neurotransmitter can indeed promote positive feelings such as happiness and pleasure.
How is dopamine linked to our reward system?
Recent studies show how deep this “happy hormone”, also known as the “feel-good” hormone, is linked to our brain’s reward system.
Rewards are among the primary triggers of performance and also of well-being. If we have done something well, we get rewarded, and, consequently, we feel well. The reward is an essential part of our motivation and the origin of a virtual circle. Dopamine is released as a kind of molecular support for these positive emotions of satisfaction.
High amounts of dopamine are released, for example, in victories in sports, and the earned trophies are the reward of hard training and efforts we can produce. But dopamine is more generally, a neurotransmitter that is released in higher quantities if we feel good and are in good and positive dynamics.
Dopamine is also linked to good memorization and learning processes.
Is dopamine also related to motor problems?
Indeed, emotional factors are not the only ones that determine our degree of happiness. Good motor functions strongly contribute to our well-being and promote the sensation of feeling young.
Suppose our body gets older or does not function well anymore, becoming less performant, experiencing muscle cramps, spasms, or tremors, aches and pains, stiffness in the muscles, loss of balance, fewer dynamics, and lower libido. We can notice that these kinds of physical and motor distress can significantly impact our physical well-being and degree of happiness.
Dopamine is known for being one of the main factors for excellent motor functions and motor wellbeing.
What kind of consequences do we experience with low dopamine levels?
It is widely known, that chronically low dopamine levels can lead to depression, chronic fatigue and, if combined with damage to the dopaminergic neurons, we can observe problems such as Parkinson’s. Low dopamine levels have also been linked to restless leg syndrome (RLS) and some forms of essential tremors.
However, there are also situations with more temporary low levels of dopamine that can lead to stress, burnout, lack of libido, or feeling tired, moody, and unmotivated. Some concentration problems including ADHD have also been linked to low dopamine levels.
In addition to the above-mentioned problems, we can observe a large variety of other signs and conditions that can be related to a dopamine deficiency: trouble sleeping or disturbed sleep, constipation, low energy, moving or speaking more slowly than usual, feeling hopeless and guilt-ridden, being anxious, lacking facial expression and many more.
In many of these conditions of unwellbeing, we can observe dopaminergic deficits!
How can dopamine deficits occur?
First, we can mention the damage of dopaminergic neurons. These specific cells in the brain could be considered a kind of transformation plants that transform L-dopa into dopamine and dispatch it then in the brain and in the body.
Experts consider that we lose on average approximately 10% of our dopaminergic potential each decade from 20 years up. Once 60-80% of our dopaminergic potential is destroyed, more severe of the above-mentioned problems are likely to appear.
Another problem we can observe is a diminution of the cells’ dopamine receptors that can contribute to a lower capacity to use the generated dopamine. Genetic factors have also been reported to be implicated in the lack of our capacity to use L-Dopa and dopamine in an optimal way.
Finally, we can also mention nutritional problems. Industrial food processing that does not preserve the active ingredients of food can lead to foods with poor nutritional values. But, how can we expect our body to produce dopamine, if we do not give it sufficient supply with the precursors, mainly L-dopa?
Bad nutritional behaviors can be an additional origin of poor nutritional support that can lead to a lack of L-dopa in our diet and consequently lead to dopaminergic deficits and related problems.
In summary, the body often just simply lacks L-dopa which is the essential ingredient to produce sufficient amounts of dopamine.
A combination of these different origins can lead to more severe dopaminergic deficits and trigger more debilitating consequences, but one of them can be enough to lead to temporary or permanent problems.
How can we fight dopamine deficits?
A healthy lifestyle can contribute to preserving the dopaminergic potential. It is the first good starting point.
Moving, good nutrition, and stress diminution are certainly among the main ingredients to maintaining good dopaminergic levels and fighting dopaminergic deficits.
Another essential element we can mention is the anti-oxidants such as Vitamine E that can contribute significantly to protecting the cells against oxidative damage. Yogurt, Kefir, Sauerkraut, and other fermented foods are beneficial, as they contain health-promoting probiotics. Some of them are even called “psychobiotics”, as they favor the production of dopamine. Also, it is interesting to eat food rich in L-dopa, such as Vicia Faba beans. Some of these beans contain high levels of L-dopa.
Can food supplements provide an additional solution?
It might be difficult to eat Vicia Faba beans every day to compensate for dopaminergic deficits. In addition, in many situations, we would need to eat a lot of them to achieve sufficient compensation.
Food supplements such as AtremoPlus can be an excellent source of L-dopa to compensate for temporarily or permanently low levels of dopamine.
However, it is important that the L-dopa of the food supplements can reach the brain. The polyphenols in AtremoPlus regulate the transformation of the L-dopa into dopamine to be able to cross the brain barrier and bring the L-dopa to the place where it is actually needed: in the brain.
AtremoPlus is elaborated from the Vicia Faba plant by a process that preserves the active ingredients. It naturally contains polyphenols that slow down the transformation processes from L-dopa into dopamine. This allows the L-dopa, a small molecule, to pass the blood-brain barrier and to be transformed into dopamine where it is actually needed: in the brain!
This inhibitor function of the polyphenols is essential as it helps to keep the L-dopa available to the brain for as long as possible. L-dopa that is transformed too quickly in the blood and before reaching the brain becomes useless.
AtremoPlus is normalized in its L-dopa content, well-tolerated, and also contains Vitamin E
As many food supplements do not have standardized L-dopa contents, it is important to pay attention to this matter. AtremoPlus provides not only highly concentrated but also normalized to 21,5mg/g of L-dopa for safe and regular dosage.
AtremoPlus contains also Vitamin E that favors protecting the cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Oxidative damage by free radicals is considered by experts as one of the main reasons for aging and degenerative processes.
Atremoplus has been tested clinically and was very well tolerated by 100% of the participants of the study without any undesirable side effects. Generally, AtremoPlus users report excellent results while being perfectly tolerated.
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