Sunday, September 11, 2011

SEROTONIN in your body

Perform one of its many functions:
6.Serotonin and tryptophan regulate the body's salt intake, whereas histamine controls the intake of potassium and its insertion into the cells.

7.Serotonin has a direct effect on calcium movement into the cells and its involvement in neuro-transmission.

8.Serotonin release inhibits histamine's release and its action.

9.Serotonin production by the brain is reduced when the blood levels of three amino acids - valine, leucine, and isoleucine - rise above normal, such as in starvation, dehydration, lack of exercise, and other conditions that affect protein metabolism of the human body.

10.Serotonin strengthens the contractile properties of certain muscles.

11.The serotonin-stimulated nerve system (serotonergic system) is the medium through which analgesics such as morphine and hallucinogenic drugs like LSD register their effects. It is this kind of stimulation of the serotonergic system that becomes addictive when people get hooked on a drug, be it caffeine(coffee) or cocaine.

The brain cells that convert tryptophan to serotonin have the ability to make this conversion at the same rate as it arrives. These cells do not store tryptophan itself, but store serotonin in vesicles and even pass these vesicles on the nerves' transport system down the track to the nerve endings, to be used when the nerve is stimulated. Thus, low serotonin levels in the nerve system -- seen in depression -- are only cause if tryptophan cannot be delivered to the nerve cells.

Directly or indirectly , water maintains an efficient and effective rate of tryptophan flow into the brain tissues for its immediate conversion into serotonin.

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