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Dopamine: Natural ways to Increase Dopamine Levels

Dopamine is our main "focus" neurotransmitter that also regulates our pleasure/reward circuits, memory, and motor control (physical movement and coordination).  It acts as either an excitatory or inhibitory neurotransmitter, depending on the dopamine receptor it binds to. Dopamine is made from the amino acid tyrosine and is the basic building block for other brain chemicals such as norepinephrine and epinephrine, which as a group are called catecholamines.  Like norepinephrine and epinephrine, dopamine is stored in vesicles in the axon terminal of the nerve cell.

Symptoms of Dopamine Deficiency

Low dopamine levels can cause depression, loss of motor control, loss of satisfaction, addictions, cravings, compulsions, low sex drive, poor attention and focus. When dopamine levels are elevated symptoms may manifest in the form of anxiety, paranoia, or hyperactivity.

  • Do you often feel depressed, flat, bored, and apathetic?
  • Are you low on physical or mental energy? Do you feel tired a lot; have to push yourself to exercise?
  • Is your drive, enthusiasm, and motivation on the low side?
  • Do you have difficulty focusing or concentrating?
  • Are you easily chilled? Do you have cold hands or feet?
  • Do you tend to put on weight too easily?
  • Do you feel the need to get more alert and motivated by consuming a lot of coffee or other "uppers" like sugar, diet soda, ephedra, or cocaine?

If you answered yes to any of the above you could have low dopmine levels.

Test dopamine levels with the NeuroScreen neurotransmitter test. A simple urine test can determine your dopamine levels. 


 

How to choose the right dopamine product or test

Related Tests

For our office based patients, we usually use the NeuroScreen or NeuroAdrenal Profile.  See below for details. 

  • NeuroScreen Neurotransmitter Test - This basic profile is a urine test used to determine neurotransmitter or chemical imbalances that may lead to Depression, Anxiety/Panic, Insomnia, Cognitve Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Neurotoxicity, Memory impairment, Mood Swings, Migaraines, Obsessions or Substance Abuse.  It is good when mood and cognitive symptoms (depression, anxiety, insomnia, lack of pleasure, "brain fog," and poor concentration/attention) indicate neurotransmitter imbalance.  It is also a good tool to monitor treatment progress for neurotransmitter imbalances identified from previous testing.  
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  • NeuroAdrenal Profile - This is a more comprehensive assessment of neurotransmitter balance as well as adrenal function.  We use this panel if your clinical picture (profound fatigue and foggy thinking) or personal history (trauma, chroic stress, pain, fibromyalgia, PTSD, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammation) suggest a component of adrenal fatigue or exhaustion.  
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What causes low dopamine levels?

Dopamine levels are depleted by stress, certain antidepressants, drug use, poor nutrition, and poor sleep. Alcohol, caffeine, and sugar all seem to decrease dopamine activity in the brain.

Foods that increase Dopamine levels

Food sources of dopamine increasing tyrosine include almonds, avocados, bananas, dairy products, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.

Dopamine is easily oxidized. Foods that are rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables may help protect dopamine-using neurons from free radical damage. Many healthcare professionals recommend supplementing with vitamins C, vitamin E, and other antioxidants.

Foods such as sugar, saturated fats, cholesterol, and refined foods interfere with proper brain function and can cause low dopamine. Consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol should also be reduced because they can clog the arteries to the brain, heart, and other organs.

Caffeine must also be avoided by persons with depression. Caffeine is a stimulant which initially speeds up neurotransmission, raises the amount of serotonin, and temporarily elevates mood.

Increase Dopamine production through the use of dopamine precursors.

Dopamine precursors are specific amino acids that our brains utilize to manufacture dopamine. Neurotransmitters are frequently not supplied in great enough levels by our modern diet or in the way our brain best utilizes them. As stress further depletes supplies it is difficult, if not impossible, for the brain to restore necessary amounts to proper levels. Dopamine supplements are required to increase dopamine and other neurotransmitter supplies. Dopamine supplements increase dopamine naturally with little to no side effects. 

 

Dopamine Related Products & Tests

Designs for Health DopaBoost 60 vcaps
SKU: DF0261
$28.50
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DOPA Maxx 120 caps Dopamine Supplement
SKU: ofc xymo
$32.50
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DOPA Maxx ES Extra Strength Dopamine Supplement
$35.90
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Douglas Labs Brain Energy 60 capsules
SKU: DL0464
$28.20
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IP Formulas Crave Control 120 capsules
SKU: ofccrave
$29.00
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NeuroScience Balance D 60 caps
SKU: NS balD
$36.00
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NeuroScreen Neurotransmitter Test
SKU: of9023
$265.00
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NEURVANA MoodBrightener - 90 Tablets
SKU: 3342
$35.00
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NEURVANA Pro - 120 Tablets Attention Supplement
SKU: NE0485
$35.00
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Pure Encapsulations DopaPlus 180c
SKU: DOP1
$43.60
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