Do you remember your dreams?
If you don't, you may be deficient in VITAMIN B6
What is Vitamin B6?
Vitamin B6 is the master vitamin for processing amino acids—the building blocks of all proteins and some hormones. Vitamin B6 helps to make and take apart many amino acids and is also needed to make the hormones, serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. These neurochemicals are essential in dreaming.
Vitamin B6 aids in the formation of several neurotransmitters and is therefore an essential nutrient in the regulation of mental processes and possibly mood.
In combination with folic acid and vitamin B12, vitamin B6 lowers homocysteine levels—an amino acid linked to heart disease and stroke, and possibly other diseases as well, such as osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
A rare, but severe, form of childhood epilepsy results from an inborn error in the metabolism of vitamin B6. Children with this form of epilepsy have an abnormal dependence on vitamin B6 and are usually mentally retarded. Seizure activity is reversible with intravenous injections of vitamin B6, which must be administered by a doctor.
Why do you have vivid dreams after eating cheese? Because cheese is a very good source of Vitamin B6. It also contains morphine-like compounds and phenylethylamine, triggering a reaction in the brain that mimics Ecstasy and amphetamines.
That's why ravers develop a craving for cheese and pizzas as they are coming down from the drug-induced high.
What are these substances doing there? It is thought that the mood changing substances in mother’s milk produce a calming effect on the infant and, in fact, may be responsible for the mother-infant bond.
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