See the neurotransmitters at work in the picture to the left. Those flashes of light in the picture to the left represent your brain using neurotransmitters to send signals back and forth within itself and then out to the rest of your body.
Neurotransmitters & Your Brain
Your brain is full of brain cells like the ones in the picture to the right. The brain signals jump from one brain cell to the next. Your body uses various nutrients to help transmit these signals. When nutrients are being used by the brain in this manner, the nutrients are called neurotransmitters. Therefore, neurotransmitters are the tiny nutrients, such as amino acids and B vitamins, as well as a few other substances used by the brain to communicate with itself and the other parts of your body.
Where do neurotransmitters come from?
Most neurotransmitters come from the food you eat. This make sense since most neurotransmitters are just nutrients.
What exactly do neurotransmitters do?
Neurotransmitters are used by your brain to have clear focus and to control muscular movements, alertness, mood and much more. Without these nutrients to use as neurotransmitters, the brain cannot function properly.
Without nutrients functioning as neurotransmitters you may:
When one is said to have a chemical imbalance in their brain, it is often just a matter of missing some of the nutrients that are called neurotransmitters when located in the brain.
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