Neurotransmitters And Cognitive Health
A neurotransmitter is a signalling molecule that helps communicate the message from one cell to the next, and thus the brain is able to tell the body what action to perform. While neurotransmitters are of many kinds, one of the most popular is acetylcholine. This is responsible for cell to cell signalling and is made up of certain chemicals, the precursors of which are present in the food we eat.
Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, is vital for brain functioning too. Thus, declining cognitive health is often linked to declining levels of the acetylcholine chemical. Medications to restore the imbalance are a temporary fix.
The question is, why is the brain not getting enough of this neurotransmitter? The chemical is responsible for a vital function: memory. When the levels begin to go down, effects are seen on working and episodic memory and signs of early Alzheimer’s disease.
It is said that such conditions are impossible to cure. But naturopathy attempts to hinder their progression in the first place, by correcting the causal factors. Good mental well being makes for good physical well being.
The symptoms of Cognitive decline are:
- Failing motor coordination
- Loss of short-term or long-term memory
- Loss of ability to perceive language, numbers and images
- Identity confusion
- Difficulty in learning or applying concentration
- Impaired judgement