Dopamine Metabolism

Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Author Dr. Haran Sivapalan

Dopamine Metabolism

Dopamine is a substance that often comes up in the press, it's the pleasurable “feel-good” chemical that gets released by the brain in response to food, drugs, sex and rewarding social interactions.

Far from solely being involved in reward and addiction, however, dopamine (DA) is both an important hormone (a chemical message transported in the bloodstream) and neurotransmitter (nerve signalling molecule) that plays a variety of roles, including:

  • control of movement
  • motivation
  • regulation of fluid balance and blood pressure
  • regulation of intestinal movements (GI motility)
  • immune function
  • stress response

Your ability to break down and metabolize dopamine therefore influences your motor control, motivation and response to stressful situations.

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