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Here is one example:

In order to make the dopamine and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters that may be deficient in some children, the brain must have adequate supplies of amino acids, vitamin B6, and iron. If a child does not take in and properly absorb these nutrients, he or she will not have what is needed to make enough dopamine and norepinephrine.

  1. The amino acid tyrosine is found in the nerve cells of the brain.

  2. Tyrosine is transformed into L-dopa only in the presence of enzymes, folic acid, niacin (vitamin B3), and iron.

  3. L-dopa is changed into dopamine in the presence of vitamin B6.

  4. Norepinephrine is finally made with the assistance of vitamin C.

As the above example illustrates, proteins alone are not sufficient. A host of cofactors are critical in a child’s diet in order to manufacture the proper brain chemicals and structures that support optimal mood, cognition, and behavior.

Following are links to information on four major neurotransmitters (over 50 informational molecules are known or suspected), with dietary examples of their nutrient building blocks:


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Diet & Behavior References


Dopamine
Neurotransmitters: Dopamine
Norepinephrine
Neurotransmitters: Norepinephrine
Acetylcholine
Neurotransmitters: Acetylcholine
Serotonin
Neurotransmitters: Serotonin



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