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Serotonin: description and norm in the body

The hormone is formed in the pineal gland tissue (department of the visual system, which performs endocrine function) and the digestive tract. The highest concentration of the substance located in the brain, gut and blood platelets (small blood cells). Serotonin - a hormone good mood, joy and happiness.
Description and norm
At high concentrations of the hormone a person feels joy, euphoria and emotional lift. Increased attention, memory gets better, more active intellectual processes. The hormone increases libido, is taking part in labor, helps release milk from the mother. In the digestive system, the hormone increases the production of enzymes and improves peristalsis (contractions of the stomach, intestines and other hollow organs and the promotion of their content).
Normal serotonin in the human body - from 50 to 220 ng / ml. Values ​​may vary depending on the research method used in the laboratory selected by you. During the determination of the hormone level is required to check the figures, which are indicated on the form of the analysis. What is the rate of other hormones of the body? Read:
Serotonin and food
To increase hormone levels eat foods with a high content of the amino acid tryptophan: cheese, plums, dates, figs, tomatoes, dark chocolate, soy. The hormone is synthesized after eating food with sucrose, glucose and fructose: sweet, bananas, grapes, and fruit juices. Enter in the diet of healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids): fish, nuts, vegetable oils, seeds. As a food additive fish oil take (one teaspoon per day).
To reduce serotonin once a month arrange fasting day the body, it also lowers the concentration of the hormone. Zoom level will also help coffee: but remember that excessive consumption of caffeine can harm your health.
The lack of the hormone serotonin can lead to severe depression, chronic headaches and obsessive compulsive disorder. There is a chance of developing Parkinson's disease and Down's syndrome. Excessive production can lead to acute myocardial infarction, bowel obstruction, cancer of the prostate, bronchial tubes, ovaries. Care is reduced, the reaction slows down, the appetite disappears, and blood pressure rises.
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