Brain Fitness : What is Dopamine and How You Can Control It ?


– Apples. A substance found in apples called “quercetin’ is an antioxidant that research has shown may not only help in prevention of cancer but may also play an essential role in prevention of neurodegenerative disorders.

– Watermelon. Its juice is rich in vitamins such as C, A and B. While Vitamin C improves the immune system while protecting the body from free radicals, vitamin B (especially B6 ) is important for the production of dopamine, melatonin and serotonin.

– Foods high in tyrosine. Tyrosine is a nonessential amino acid the body makes from another amino acid called phenylalanine. Dopamine on the other hand is made from tyrosine. So eating foods high in tyrosine will increase the production of dopamine. These include: all the protein foods we mentioned earlier, bananas, avocado, nuts and almonds.

– Foods high in phenylalanine. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid found in the brain and blood plasma that can convert in the body to tyrosine, which in turn is used to synthesize dopamine. Foods high in phenylalanine include: meats, dairy products, some seeds and wheat germ.

In a few words, you should eat a balanced diet, rich in unprocessed foods, protein, fruits and vegetables.

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