acetylcholine

acetylcholine

Functions
  • Brain Speed: Cognition, Learning, Writing
  • Controls brain speed; Memory and Hippocampus function; Creativity; Writing
  • Promotes epinephrine and norepinephrine release
  • Activates muscles / used in muscular contraction
Food habits and Weight Management
  • Controls memory and attention – low acetylcholine leads to confusion, poor food choices and eating fatty foods
  • Controls lubrication and insulation – for nerve tissue, muscles, bones, brain and internal systems such as nervous system
  • Low acetylcholine associated with eating disorders, craving for fatty foods, dietary intake of fast food and alcohol
Hormonal interactions
  • Growth Hormone, Vasopressin, DHEA, Calcitonin, Parathyroid, Erthropeitin, estrogen
  • Thyroid hormones modulate acetylcholine activity and cognitive function
  • Cognitive function affected by testosterone (low testosterone leading to low cognitive function)
Deficiencies
  • Loss of speed impacts information processing and recall, causing memory and concentration lapses
  • Impaired creativity, judgment, comprehension; Calculation difficulties; Sluggish thinking
  • Myasthenia Gravis (Auto Immune attack of Acetylcholine receptors)
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Acetylcholine depletion causes hippocampal and cerebellum degeneration
Symptoms of deficiency
  • Memory problems – loss of visual or verbal memory, forgetfulness, facial and object recognition difficulties
  • Diminished comprehension and calculating abilities
  • Loss of mental speed and responsiveness
  • Altered sense of awareness of self
  • Low mucous activity – dry eyes and skin
Food modulators
  • Fat and fatty foods
  • Soy Choline and lecithin
  • Egg yolks, Cream, Milk, Cheese
  • Pork, Beef, Liver
  • Nuts
Herb and supplement modulators
  • Chinese herbs – Galantamine (Caucasian Snowdrop) and L-Huperzine (Club Moss: successfully used to treat dementia)
  • Alpha GPC; Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • Circulation promoters – Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola, Bakopa; Vit B5 and B3

Adapted from:

Braverman, E. (2009). Younger (Thinner) You Diet. New York, N.Y.:Rodale.

Kharrazian, D. (2013). Why Isn’t My Brain Working? Carlsbad, C.A.: Elephant Press

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