Two amino acids that are especially useful for the brain are tryptophan and tyrosine. They affect neurotransmitters or (chemicals) within the brain, which in turn produce mood changes. Nuts and seeds are high in these amino acids.
TRYPTOPHAN: stimulates serotonin, the neurotransmitter that causes a sense of relaxation. Calms the nerves, great for stressful situations, and a great relaxer.
Nuts & seeds high in tryptophan are:
TYROSINE: is great for increasing brain concentration. It triggers the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, which are alertness chemicals. They assist the brain to think and react more quickly. Always keep nuts high in tyrosine in your car for driving (especially long distances).
Nuts high in tyrosine are:
- Pine Nuts
Food for thought: The body cannot properly use these two very important amino acids (that ward off depression) if you are dehydrated. Another reason water is so important! All nuts and seeds are beautifying, anti inflammatory, high in EFA’s, high in protein, anti-cancer etc. Also, seeds help keep the teeth free from cavities, plaque and inflammation that lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease. And they massage the gum when chewing them. Some are very high in B vitamins like sunflower; some are anti parasitic and fungal like pumpkin.