Dopamine is our pleasure chemical, produced by neurons at the base of the brain.
Watson (2021) describes it as the feel good chemical that can be triggered by many 'activities' and thoughts - such as sex, shopping, and yes, eating sugary foods.
Dopamine does a lot more than just reward us - this amazing chemical is responsible for quite a few functions in the body - heart rate, kidney function, blood vessel function, sleep, movement, and of course mood and the experience of pain. It is also involved in our ability to pay attention and learn (Watson, 2021).
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is characterized by scientific literature as a loss of dopaminergic neurons, leading to tremors, rigidity, instability, pain, and other symptoms of PD.
Polyphenols as secondary metabolites of plants have shown in research to benefit and lower the risk of Parkinson's Diseases (Aryal et al., 2020).
We must here ask how?
Aryal and her group do a fantastic job teaching first all about Parkinson's Disease, and then about Polyphenols. It is a worthy Article (2020).
Polyphenols are found to have positive effect on the gut microbiome: they decrease inflammation, offer a neuro- protective molecules, and even inhibit the neuro-degeneration of Parkinson's. They also are one of the best anti oxidants for our body.
It is inevitable to speak of the gut - brain connection when discussing the merits of polyphenols. A happy microbiota - a healthy community of beneficial organisms - creates a happy brain.
Sounds like an easy solution, and it is showing incredible potential, yet it is not simple in our stressful world, filled with toxins, stress, and bad dietary habits. We need more clean foods, and from the plant kingdom to gain this polyphenol favor.
And since polyphenols have been studied extensively - they are true heroes with the ability to effect positively both gut and brain, and due to their ongoing bidirectional communications, ability to repair neurons, and bring about calmness - it is no wonder why we love them so much at BioImmersion.
Enjoy the Article it is truly an educational journey that is detailed, clear, and helpful.
Mix 1 teaspoon with a shot of diluted juice, or water. Every day.
Potent polyphenols- Organic berries, fruits, hardy vegetables, and green leafy vegetables: strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, tart cherry, elderberry, cranberry, apple extract, pineapple, beet, broccoli florets, kale leaves, spinach leaves. Probiotics: Probiotics- Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactic, Bifidobacterium longum, Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Supernatant- probiotic metabolites, and ORNs. Prebiotics- Inulin from Chicory Root along with Fibers- from organic veggies, greens, fruits, and berries. Vital Nutriceuticals- Fructo Borate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Folate, Chromium.
Aryal, S., Skinner, T., Bridges, B., & Weber, J. T. (2020). The pathology of Parkinson’s disease and potential benefit of dietary polyphenols. Molecules, 25(19), 4382. Article
Watson, S. (2021, July 20). Dopamine: the pathway to pleasure. Harvard Health Publishing. Article
Yours as always,
We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners. There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.
On Dopamines 'darker' side:
Dawson, A., Ortelli, P., Carter, A., Ferrazzoli, D., Dissanayaka, N. N., Evans, A., ... & Yücel, M. (2023). Motivational and myopic mechanisms underlying dopamine medication-induced impulsive-compulsive behaviors in Parkinson's disease. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.
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