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What are the Chemicals of Love?

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Can you be chemically bound to another person by love? Hormones and neurotransmitters play a significant role for sure not just in the initial attraction, but also in sustaining relationships long-term. Neurotransmitters get you revved up and hormones transport the feeling through the body. 

First with love comes that New Relationship Energy. New Relationship Energy (NRE) is the strong emotional, physical, and sexual response you have towards someone when you are in a new relationship with them. It starts from initial attraction and can last anywhere from three months to a year.

Many people often ask how to make NRE last. On a physiological level, New Relationship Energy comes from a delicious cocktail of hormones. This passionate love doesn’t necessarily disappear, it just changes as the hormones and chemicals related to love shift from high excitement to keeping the relationship happy.

Sustaining amorous feelings hinges on how well you are fueling your biological neural net. The right combination of nutritional supplements is like having a modern-day love potion — backed by science. 

What biochemically improves love?

Scientists have been able to pinpoint neurological contributors based on brain chemistry and the release of various hormones that lead us to feel the sensation known as love. 

Here are some of the essential chemical components of being in love.

  1. Dopamine — when in love, the caudate nucleus gets activated in the brain. This area of the brain has receptors for the dopamine neurotransmitter. As dopamine decreases, attraction goes down. So try to keep dopamine flowing in a long-term relationship.
  2. Phenylethylamine (PEA) — people in love feel energized, upbeat, and optimistic. PEA (another neurotransmitter) and dopamine together account for the extra energy and exhilaration people feel while in the NRE stage of their connection. Physiologically, oxytocin takes over eventually and becomes the core of the relationship, while PEA and dopamine lower and gain a more normal level.
  3. Oxytocin — makes people feel more empathetic and closer to other people because it is the hormone responsible for close psychological connection. It helps with social bonding in general. Keep oxytocin flowing to maintain intimacy, but be careful not to overdo it as too much oxytocin plays a role in clingy or jealous behavior.

Nourish your body with the right balance of health measures and you’ll keep these neurotransmitters tuned to the best possible frequency for making, and sustaining, a love match.

So, what’s the best nutritional prescription for love?

If you want to up your oxytocin levels naturally, then food is the quick way to start. Food rich in amino acids, essential fats, caffeine, L-theanine, ginseng, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc can boost this love hormone. Eat more figs, avocado, watermelon, mushrooms, spinach, or almonds, and drink plenty of Chamomile, green tea, and coffee.

Eating healthy activates the vagus nerve, which then stimulates the release of more oxytocin in the brain. To keep your brain chemistry tipped towards love also try any of these neurological support supplements. These contain the essential components we mentioned in addition to serotonin and norepinephrine, which also contribute to a more loving nature. 

CRAVE CONTROL: contains targeted amino acids specifically needed for the manufacture of dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.

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    Crave Control
    $39.99

DOPA MAXX ES: a dopamine supplement that supports the excitatory neurotransmitter systems of dopamine, norepinephrine, PEA, and Epinephrine.

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    DOPA Maxx ES – Dopamine Supplement
    $37.00

COGNIBEN: has PEA which is highly valuable for “love” and also caffeine.

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    Cogniben
    $79.95

Succeeding in love all comes down to routinely caring for yourself first. Naturally supporting your neural net helps in enjoying better connections with other humans in general. The benefits of this type of self-care can boost your passions and happiness in life, love, and all things. 

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Meet Dr. Dave

Dr. David Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA, is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Education for Integrative Psychiatry, Inc. 

An accomplished clinician, educator, and lecturer, Dr. Dave has established himself as a key opinion leader in the fields of both mainstream psychiatry and functional medicine. Dissatisfied with the patient outcomes using only conventional treatments, he began treating his patients by addressing biological imbalances with lifestyle improvements, nutrition and nutraceuticals to get better outcomes. His integrative approach provided much improved results. Dr. Dave is passionate about helping the community he serves by personalizing treatments and educating the public about mental health and healthy aging. He has formulated several of our supplements and sat on the advisory board for many others, ensuring the products we carry are based on science and experience and have the best efficacy rates and highest ingredient quality available.

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