Supplements That Help Neurotransmitters in Brain

Information on Supplements That Help Neurotransmitters in Brain

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in your brain carrying information from nerve cells, or neurons, to receptor cells, which carry electrical impulses through the spinal cord and out to the nerves in your body. In other words, your brain passes along messages through chains of cells to different body parts, telling them how to operate. According to Mind Disorders, approximately 50 neurotransmitters have been identified and are used by billions of neurons in the brain. Neurotransmitters need vitamins and minerals to be used properly by the brain, and supplements can help facilitate this process.


Certain types of neurotransmitters benefit from adequate amounts of certain types of vitamins and minerals. Prominent neurotransmitters include dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine. The B vitamins are necessary for all of these to work efficiently as well as vitamin C, folic acid and others. This is most likely where the term “brain food” originated. All of the functions under the control of your brain rely on neurotransmitters, which in turn rely on proper nutrition to function optimally.

Features of Dopamine

The neurotransmitter dopamine is necessary for sexual arousal, assertiveness, the immune system, motivation, focus and movement. Dopamine can be depleted in the brain by stress and lack of adequate sleep and rest. This is why when you are stressed, you find it difficult to focus, motivate yourself and get the sleep you need. Antioxidants help protect dopamine stores. According to the National Library of Medicine, vitamins A, C and E are “excellent sources of antioxidants.” Others include beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene and selenium.

Features of Serotonin

The word “serotonin” has become quite commonplace throughout America due to the increased use of a class of anti-depression medications referred to as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medications keep cells in the brain from depleting stores of serotonin, which are important in mood and anxiety stabilization. Serotonin also promotes good sleep, feelings of well-being and calmness, as well as helping to regulate learning, memory, blood pressure, appetite and body temperature. Low levels of serotonin produce depression, insomnia, aggression and obsessive-compulsive traits. Serotonin needs vitamins B1, B3, B6 and folic acid to be utilized optimally in the body.

Features of Norepinephrine

Norepinephrine is known as an excitatory neurotransmitter because it leads to the rush that you feel when you are excited, nervous, fearful and motivated to act. It is also known as noradrenalin. When adrenalin is released, you find yourself capable of doing things you may never have thought possible. According to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, norepinephrine is needed for motivation, alertness, concentration, memories, arousal of brain activity, metabolism and even super-human strength in many documented cases. Both norepinephrine and dopamine rely on amino acids to work properly as well as the following nutrients: vitamins B3, B6 and vitamin C. Folic acid, iron and copper are needed in adequate amounts as well.

Features of Acetylcholine

Acetylcholine is a primary neurotransmitter in the carrying of memory, ability to think and reason, concentration, focus, metabolization of fats and muscle coordination. Low levels of this brain chemical may lead to a marked decrease in memory and cognition. For your body to make acetylcholine, it needs to consume proper amounts of choline, which is a member of the vitamin B family. Supplements that help this neurotransmitter function include phosphatidyl choline, vitamin C and vitamin B5. All of these must be present to synthesize acetylcholine.



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    ByHyoun Kim November 1, 2013 at 12:00 am

    First and foremost, this product is EXACTLY the same as the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal, 192 Count that is in the smaller quantity. This bottle is my wife’s 3rd bottle she’s taken during her pregnancy. The ingredients are exactly the same. However, if you’re pregnant (or planning to be), I would highly recommend you get this item as the cost per pill is a lot cheaper than that of the 192 pill bottle. I can tell you how to save even more, but I’ll get to that later.As a bit of a background on my story, as an expectant father, I was very happy to find out my wife and I are expecting a baby next spring. As a loving husband and future-parent, I wanted the BEST for my child. But because I am new to fatherhood, I went to Google to search for the BEST prenatal vitamin for my wife. Of all the ones that came up via several parenting sites and forums, New Chapter was one of the top ones on everyone’s list. The only place that had them locally was Whole Foods. While I normally don’t shop there, Whole Foods are extremely health-focused, so it made sense to look to compare what they had.After 45 minutes of sitting on the floor comparing the ingredients of all their prenatal vitamins, one gentleman with his wife (who looked like she was about to pop) picked these up. I asked him why he chose those over the other various brands available at Whole Foods and he said it was the only one that didn’t make his wife sick and he said she tried all of them. He also said that these were made of whole foods, so it’s good for her. In addition to what that guy said, of all the ones at Whole Foods, these were the only ones that didn’t have any fish-related ingredients. Anything fish-based makes my wife EXTREMELY nauseous.Then we went to our doctor for our first visit after her pregnancy test. I showed our doctor the prenatal vitamins and she said these were good BUT we needed DHA for our baby’s development. Rather than buying a whole new prenatal vitamin with DHA, we decided to keep taking these since we knew it didn’t make my wife sick (even on an empty stomach). I went back to Whole Foods to look for a DHA supplement. Of all the ones at Whole Foods, the only one that wasn’t fish-based was Spectrum Essentials Prenatal DHA Softgels, 200 mg SoftGels, 60 Count Bottle.My wife absolutely adores both the Spectrum DHA and New Chapter prenatal vitamins. By taking both, we have the peace of mind that these two supplements are providing everything that our baby needs and my wife is EXTREMELY happy that she is able to take both pills, even on an empty stomach and have no sickness/nausea whatsoever. There is no bad taste and the smell of these pills are actually pleasing. Icing on the cake is that my wife’s skin and nails grow EXTREMELY fast. While I wouldn’t think that as a pro, she loves it.In the summer, we bought the 1st bottle (192-count) at Whole Foods for about $35.99 + tax (it was on sale). However, when it was time to get the 2nd bottle (192-count), the price jumped to Whole Foods’ regular price of $65. So I ended up buying the 2nd bottle on Amazon for $35.31 + tax. This is now our 3rd bottle (270-count, full trimester) but when we bought it, the price was $51.79. Currently today (11/1/2013), the price sits at $49. But here are a few tips to get it cheaper (I paid $31.43 for my 270-count bottle).On occasion, Amazon will have a “New Chapter” brand sale. Whether this is $X off or X% off, it happens pretty often since I’ve been tracking this product (twice in 2 months). The current promotion is 10% off. Now I assume if you’re looking at this product, you are expecting to be a parent. Take advantage of Amazon Mom. I did and I saved an additional 20% off my order by subscribing (otherwise it’s just 5%). So when I bought these pills for $51.79, there was a $10 off promotion + 20% off Amazon Mom ($10.36). That’s how I bought a full trimester’s worth of these pills for just $31.43 (cheaper than even the 192 count).Hope my review helps!

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    ByJenny Josaphat December 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

    This b-complex is amazing. I was taking an immediate release version from a different company before switching to this. I am so happy that I made the switch! I feel a consistent release of energy throughout the day. I don’t have that big urine color change that tells me that my body used it all up at once. I just love love love these vitamins. Also, they came the next day. How’s that for fast shipping? If you’re even considering buying these, DO IT!

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    ByRose Chandler February 15, 2017 at 12:00 am


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    ByGiulianasMama February 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I love these prenatal vitamins! I bought this smaller bottle because I only have a few weeks left! I usually get the largest bottle. The reason for 4 stars is this particular version was supposed to come with a pill case that it didn’t come with.

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    Rose Chandler February 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

    A Miracle. It probably has a different effect on me than most. I get very jittery when I have too much caffeine, this takes the edge off the jitters.

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    Hyoun Kim March 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    This was getting the job nicely done for my wife who has MTHFR. This means she cannot process folic acid and needs it in its natural form. We just found out that between the time we signed up to subscribe to this item and today, they switched from folate to folic acid. We should have been informed by the company.

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    Byrsander6789 March 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I only took my first one today. Im used to the little pink ones that melt fast and create a lot of saliva. These have no taste due to no artificial flavors and do not cause saliva. They melt slowly and more gets absorbed because it doesn’t get swallowed. It is chalky but tolerateable.Now I al realizing to swallow this one yet I always heard b12 does not absorb in the stomach. I need to know how to take this pill please.

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    GiulianasMama May 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Vitamins in the past have made me nauseous. “Whole Food” vitamins don’t have that affect on me. I took these all through my pregnancy. Both my OBGYN and primary care physician said this product was a good choice.

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    Chronaut May 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

    at first could not tell, but after a while I have noticed that they really work!!

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    ByAshley a May 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

    This wit. B complex is good. It leaves no after taste.

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    Ashley a May 30, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Good brand. B-complex is an essential supplement.

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    ByErica D June 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Finally a prenatal that doesn’t make me feel sick. Been through a few others and glad I landed on these. Easy to swallow and though they do have an odor it’s not strong or bad (kinda smells like hay, weird I know). Was also nice to be able to buy a small amount to sample before committing to a large jar.

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    Jenny Josaphat July 9, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Got these for my wife, so far so good. She’s very happy wth them 🙂

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    cindy wellener July 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Great product at a good price. Swallow friendly oval tablet with smooth coating for easy swallowing. I take one every morning with breakfast or just juice. I don’t feel any noticeable energy “jolt”….during the day…..however I can tell a difference if I happen to skip a day or 2.

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    ByMichael W. July 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I thought it was a great value and is really helping with my energy level

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    Erica D August 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I liked these prenatal vitamins…I had so side effects from them. They didn’t make me nauseous or sick feeling when I took them on an empty stomach. I switched between these and another brand but ultimately I still like the other brand a bit better.

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    Michael W. August 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I gave this Vitamin B-12, 5 stars! It met and exceeded my expectations! It proveded me the necessay, natural energy without any side affects. I will definitely purchase again.

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    ByEvan September 4, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I love these whole food vitamins and have been using them for several months now. I am not pregnant at this time, but trying. I like that you only have to take 3 a day (compared to others, 6 a day). I can take them on an empty stomach and they don’t irritate my stomach.

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    Evan September 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I cannot rate the effectiveness of this product because I only used them for one month. I can say, there was no after taste and these were easy on my sensitive stomach even though I had to take several large pills at one time.

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    rsander6789 September 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    using this product for year or so very pleasedbenefit for myself is can add daily dose in with rest of morning meds without having to take separately to dissolve under tongue.

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    ByChronaut October 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    This is a good supplement. I take it everyday.

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    Guillermina Roman October 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Good product, as advertised.

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    ByGuillermina Roman October 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Don’t feel any better but makes urine very yellow so guess it works.

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    Bycindy wellener October 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

    My Husband was told by his primary care physician to take B-12 for his neuropathy, he wasn’t happy w/ the prescription,Gabapentin! He started taking the B-12 and I did some research on what type of B-12 to take,as he was on a cheaper type,(w/ cyancobalamin.) Supposedly,the type w/ METHYLCOBALAMIN, goes into your system quicker,and you can’t overdose, because your body sloughs off what it doesn’t need! He ran out of the cheaper one,which allowed me to check into what was better for him! That’s how I found your brand, which is also a 4 month size,which winds up costing roughly $6.00 per month! He noticed that he had more spikes in his feet and legs from his neuropathy, when he ran out! He’s quite happy w/ this change,and we’ve turned our family members onto it,also! Our Granddaughter,(11 years old) has muscle spasms in her legs,and it keeps her twitching during her sleep. She has medical issues, and ADHD from being born premature! We read up on this brand, and some info. is provided when purchasing it,but there is also a book out called, “Could it Be B-12?” which was only $9.99,and was very informative! Our Granddaughter says she no longer has the leg twitching,since taking B-12! We never realized that she was lacking this vitamin! We’re very grateful to have found a resolution to her issues! We’ll continue to purchase this, as it is working!

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