Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which is considered key player in neuro-chemistry and the manner in which the central nervous system communicates with muscles. This neuro-transmitter is also responsible for a wide range of functions within the autonomic nervous system including both unconscious and involuntary movements.
In terms of disease, this neurotransmitter tends to be reduced in memory related diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
Neurological Functions of Acetylcholine
– Neuro-muscular function
– Involuntary movements
How is it produced
Acetylcholine is produced via the action of an enzyme known as choline-acetyltransferase, the molecule Acetyl-Coenzyme A (which is made from glucose) and the vitamin like nutrient Choline. Choline is the main building block for Acetylcholine and must be supplemented/consumed to form this neurotransmitter.
Probiotics/Gut bacteria play a crucial role in the formation of neurotransmitters and should be maintained and/or improved in order to support the metabolism of these nutrients.
– Fermented Foods
Ashwagandha & Bacopa – both of these have been seen to significantly improve memory, alertness, and attention. Studies suggest that these herbs assist in acetylcholine formation. In fact, Ashwagandha contains Choline, while Bacopa activates choline-acetyltransferase. Studies have also shown that both of these herbs inhibit “Acetylcholinesterase”, the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine.
Talk to an Ayurvedic doctor about the proper dosage of these herbs, including the use of drug carriers and metabolic stimulants to properly metabolize them.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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Written by Dr. Nishal R.
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