This is your Brain on Dope

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Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that’s involved in signaling pleasure and satisfaction. Do anything that feels good (eat a chocolate bar, have a big meal, have sex, do drugs, buy a sports car, etc.) and you will be rewarded with a surge of dopamine. However, cutting out any of those feel-good activities can result in a dopamine deficit, which tends to make the brain want to repeat the behaviors that raised dopamine in the first place. This is one of the reasons that dieting, particularly when it involves cutting carbs, can be so difficult. Fortunately, there are supplements that can help. 

Mucuna Pruriens: Whether you’re dieting to reduce body fat or supplementing for growth, Mucuna pruriens, which appears on supplement labels as velvet bean, cowhage or cowitch,is beneficial. This tropical legume not only increases dopamine levels to provide a sense of well-being but also increases growth-hormone levels, allowing you to maintain muscle mass while enhancing fat loss.

5-HTP:Short for 5-hydroxytryptophan, this amino acid helps suppress appetite, stave off depression while dieting, and promote relaxation and sleep. There is also some evidence that it may enhance testosterone production.

Tyrosine:Research reveals that taking this amino acid helps increase energy, enhance focus and elevate mood. Oh, and it also boosts sex drive, all while cutting calories. That’s because tyrosine is crucial in helping the body produce dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. The latter two hormones also boost metabolic rate, encouraging the body to burn stored fat as fuel. 

Caffeine:This ubiquitous drug provides multiple brain benefits, including supporting function in an aging population. For those who are dieting, however, caffeine boosts norepinephrine and further assists your diet by pulling body fat from storage. In effect, caffeine burns body fat and makes you feel better at the same time. That should make you doubly happy. 

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