Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, widespread throughout the brain and body’s nervous system. By modulating brain activity, dopamine is the primary function of controlling movement, but it also plays a crucial role in many bodily functions, including circulation and stimulate metabolism. Moreover affects dopamine human emotions, releasing chemicals such as endorphins to promote feelings of joy, love and attachment. A dopamine deficiency can cause a range of physiological and mental health problems, and while the food does not contain the neurotransmitter, eating right can promote an increase in dopamine levels in the body.
The brain cells are responsible for producing dopamine requires the amino acid L-phenylalanine. Therefore, an increased consumption of amino acids will stimulate dopamine production. Animal protein sources such as meat, eggs and dairy products are known as “complete protein,” as they contain all the essential and non-essential amino acids required by the body. Wheat germ is another good source of phenylalanine.
Fruits and vegetables
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants. Dopamine is easily oxidized, so eat foods rich in antioxidants can protect dopamine levels from becoming exhausted.
Apples contain quercetin, found an antioxidant to reduce the risk of neurodengenerative disorders. Bananas contain tyrosine, an amino acid using neurons produce dopamine.
Celery, beets, cucumbers, peppers, watermelon and green leafy vegetables also dopamine boosting properties.
Integrative Psychiatry says many health professionals recommend supplementing your diet with antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E.
fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines and trout all contain Omega-3 fatty acids. These “good fats” plays a role in the regulation of many bodily functions, including the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine.
In a study conducted by French scientists, rats given a diet without omega-3 fatty acids showed a reduction of dopamine in the brain.