Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD: What You Need To Know

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD: What You Need To Know

Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain and vital for normal brain development and human behavior. It is a key cofactor in the making of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that affect neuron signaling, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and especially dopamine. Iron is also necessary for the enzyme monoamine oxidase to break down these neurotransmitters. Imbalances in levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine can lead to muscle and behavioral problems. Depending on the location and direction (high or low) of the imbalance in the brain, dopamine problems can cause stiffness in muscles, tremor,...

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