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Diet and the Neurotransmitters

Certain foods contain precursors (starting materials) for some neurotransmitters. If a diet is deficient in certain precursors, the brain will not be able to produce some neurotransmitters. Neurological and mental disorders may occur when the balance of neurotransmitters is upset. Examples of neurotransmitter precursors include:

Aspartic Acid
Used to make aspartate; found in peanuts, potatoes, eggs and grains.

Choline
Used to make acetylcholine; found in eggs, liver and soybeans.

Glutamic Acid
Used to make glutamate; found in flour and potatoes.

Phenylalanine
Used to make dopamine; found in beets, soybeans, almonds, eggs, meat and grains.

Tryptophan
Used to make serotonin; found in eggs, meat, skim milk, bananas, yogurt, milk, and cheese.

Tyrosine
Used to make norepinephrine; found in milk, meat, fish and legumes.



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