Neurotransmitters Plus

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Neurotransmitters play a crucial role in shaping our emotions and behaviors. Imbalances in these key brain chemicals, such as serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and others, are often linked to conditions like depression and anxiety. Stress, whether mental or physical, can disrupt this delicate balance, impacting our overall well-being. The Neurotransmitters Plus test offers a comprehensive way to understand your unique neurotransmitter profile.

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Which items are measured in the Neurotransmitters Plus test?

Adrenaline/Epinephrine
Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is a hormone and neurotransmitter produced by the adrenal glands. It plays a key role in the body's fight-or-flight response, rapidly preparing the body for action in high-stress situations. Adrenaline increases heart rate, expands air passages, and boosts energy production, making it crucial for survival mechanisms.
Noradrenaline/Norepinephrine
Noradrenaline, also known as norepinephrine, is both a hormone and neurotransmitter. It plays a crucial role in the body's fight-or-flight response, similar to adrenaline, but also has a significant impact on mood regulation. Noradrenaline helps increase alertness, arousal, and speeds up reaction time. It also helps regulate blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict.
Dopamine
Dopamine is a vital neurotransmitter in the brain, known as the 'feel-good' chemical. It plays a crucial role in regulating mood, motivation, and pleasure. Dopamine also affects movement, memory, and focus. Imbalances in dopamine levels can significantly impact mental health, influencing conditions like depression, anxiety, and Parkinson's disease.
Serotonin
Serotonin, a key neurotransmitter often dubbed the 'happiness chemical', plays a crucial role in regulating mood. It also participates in sleep, digestion, bone health, and blood clotting. The gut mainly produces serotonin, impacting the brain and body by influencing various physiological processes and emotional states. An imbalance in serotonin levels can significantly affect both mental and physical health.
GABA
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a key inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, crucial for reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. It plays a significant role in regulating mood, anxiety, and sleep. GABA helps promote relaxation and calmness, balancing the action of excitatory neurotransmitters like glutamate. Proper GABA function is essential for mental and emotional well-being.
Glutamate
Glutamate is a key excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, playing a vital role in cognitive functions like learning and memory. It's crucial for brain development and synaptic plasticity. However, an excess of glutamate can lead to neuronal overstimulation, potentially causing neurotoxicity. This balance makes glutamate essential for normal brain function but also implicates it in various neurological disorders.
Noradrenaline/Adrenaline ratio
The noradrenaline (norepinephrine) to adrenaline (epinephrine) ratio refers to the relative levels of these two hormones in the body, both of which are involved in the fight-or-flight response. Typically, the body produces more noradrenaline than adrenaline, but this ratio can vary depending on factors like stress and physical activity.
Creatinine
Creatinine is a waste product produced by muscle metabolism, commonly used as an indicator of kidney function. It is generated from creatine, a molecule important for energy production in muscles, and is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys and excreted in urine.

What are Neurotransmitters?

Neurotransmitters, the body's chemical messengers, play a pivotal role in our behavior and emotions. Acute or chronic stress, whether physical or mental, can disrupt their delicate balance. Our Neurotransmitter Plus Test offers an insightful analysis of key neurotransmitters: GABA, glutamic acid, serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline, noradrenaline, and their ratio, providing a comprehensive look into your mental and emotional health.

GABA: The Calming Neurotransmitter

GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) acts as the central nervous system's primary inhibitory neurotransmitter, crucial for reducing stress responses. It aids in sleep regulation, appetite control, blood pressure, and anxiety reduction. GABA, synthesized from glutamic acid, has a vital role in calming the brain and is available as a supplement for those with low levels.

Glutamic Acid/Glutamate: The Cognitive Enhancer

Glutamic acid, or glutamate, is essential for cognitive functions like learning, memory, and motor skills. As the brain's most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter, it facilitates nerve signal transmission. Prolonged stress can often elevate glutamic acid levels. Besides its neurological role, glutamate is also a common food additive, enhancing flavor in various foods.

Serotonin: Mood and Sleep Regulator

Serotonin significantly impacts mood, sleep, appetite, and blood pressure. It's known for its antidepressant and anxiety-reducing effects, as well as its ability to regulate sleep and appetite. Low levels of serotonin can lead to obesity, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and migraines. Stress affects serotonin production, with levels typically dropping during prolonged stress periods.

Dopamine: The Reward and Motivation Molecule

Dopamine drives motivation, concentration, and cognitive ability. As a critical component of the reward system, it's often referred to as the 'feel-good hormone.' Low dopamine levels are linked to depression, restless legs, and compulsive behaviors. Conversely, high levels can cause memory issues and mood swings. Dopamine imbalances are also associated with addiction.

Adrenaline: The Stress Response Trigger

Produced in the adrenal medulla, adrenaline (epinephrine) boosts mental activity, heart rate, and blood pressure, especially under stress or in threatening situations.

Noradrenaline: Action and Concentration Booster

Noradrenaline (norepinephrine), vital for mobilizing the brain and body for action, increases blood pressure and aids motivation and concentration. It rises with stress and serves as a precursor to adrenaline.

How the Test Works

The Neurotransmitters Plus is a simple, at-home urine test. Just collect your second morning urine in the provided test tube and send it to our ISO-certified lab. You'll receive your digital results promptly after analysis, offering you a detailed view of your neurotransmitter levels.

FAQ

How is the Neurotransmitters Plus test carried out?

Our Neurotransmitters Plus test is a home test kit. After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect the urine sample. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.

Who would benefit from testing their neurotransmitters?

Those experiencing mood disorders like depression and anxiety, as imbalances in serotonin and dopamine are often linked to such conditions. People with chronic stress or anxiety would also gain insights, given adrenaline and noradrenaline's roles in the body's stress response. Additionally, individuals with neurological disorders, ADHD, or cognitive issues could find the test useful, particularly due to the involvement of dopamine and GABA in cognitive functions and focus. Those with sleep disorders may benefit too, considering serotonin's influence on sleep. Finally, anyone engaged in comprehensive health monitoring or undergoing psychiatric treatment could use these results to tailor their therapeutic approaches more effectively.

When should I take the test?

The sample should be collected from the second morning urine (normally between 08.00-10.00).

How quickly will I receive my results?

Once we receive your sample, average response time is 10-15 business days to receive results.

Anything to consider before taking the test?

48 hours before the test: Avoid fish/shellfish (including fish/shellfish sauces and omega-3 supplements). The evening before the test: Avoid bananas, cheese, almonds, nuts, green and black tea (fruit tea is allowed), vanilla and products containing vanilla, cocoa and chocolate, alcohol, coffee and beverages containing caffeine, energy drinks, nicotine. The morning before sampling: please refrain from physical exercise. Note that women should not do the test while menstruating.

Does SSRI affect the test?

Taking SSRIs (antidepressants), 5-HTP or tryptophan will affect your test results. Avoid intake 5-7 days before the test, unless you wish to measure how your levels are in combination with these drugs/supplements.

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  • Marco
    The Neurotransmitters Plus test was my first foray into understanding my mind's neurochemistry. The process, right from ordering to receiving results, was streamlined. The clarity of the instructions ensured a stress-free sample collection. The results were eye-opening. Understanding my neurotransmitter levels and their implications was enlightening, giving clarity to certain behavioral patterns. It's a comprehensive tool for anyone wishing to deepen their self-awareness and mental health journey.
  • Derek
    Revealing test, bridging daily experiences with neurochemical insights.

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