THE MOOD & BRAIN BOOST
Being happy with life and experiencing less anxiety we all need the help of our neurotransmitters - the molecules that constantly convey messages between our nerve cells. At Kate.Nicole Wellness Centre we have The Mood Enhancing IV, a formula designed to help you attain optimal neurotransmitter function. Our formula provides important B vitamins which play key roles in the formation and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine as well as vitamin C which helps produce norepinephrine from dopamine.
To help you focus GPC is added to the mix, with magnesium and taurine to keep you mellow and relaxed. Magnesium (a mineral with many functions and role in 300metabolic reactions) is a key element in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. It also helps with muscle relaxation. Glycerophosphocholine (GPC), is a precursor to the neurotrasmitter acetylcholine (Ach) . In the brain Ach pathways also plasticity of the brain, control, arousal, reward, sensory perception, and sustained attention. Ach also been shown to promote REM sleep (2). Alterations to the acetylcholine-manufacturing system in the brain has been linked to memory deficits seen in Alzheimer’s disease (1). GPC helps maintain healthy levels of Ach, which is beneficial for the overall healthy functioning of the brain. Other neurotransmitters involved in energy, focus, pleasure, reward, and cravings are serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
Another additive is Taurine (classified by many as an amino acid, although, it is technically not one of the 22 amino acid building blocks of protein). Taurine has many roles including membrane stabilization, inhibitory neurotransmission (think anti-anxiety) and neuro-protection. In one study taurine was shown to decrease the impulse to drink alcohol. (3) Taurine also plays a role as an antioxidant, blood pressure regulator and in the regulation of dangerous cholesterol particles involved with atherosclerosis.
Come in and give it a try! We can all use a little happy juice now and then to help us better weather the storms of life.
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