The depressed second brain

Interesting article on the Scientific American site.

Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

Is is about how our guts function as a second brain, due the immense amount of neurons located in it. A lot of the information relayed through these neurons is processed there, but a large amount of information is sent to the brain as well and can probably influence our mood. It also mentions the effects of serotonin located within the gut and how SSRi’s, serotonine uptake inhibitors, can lead to too much of it and other medication to too litle, causing problems on it’s own.

As histamine is an important neurotransmitter as well, I can only wonder what the effects of histamine will be. If the amount and distressing inflammation effects of histamine is being relayed to the brain. And if this has such a large impact on mood and other functions. It can probably clarify a lot of the distress as experienced by those that are exposed to a high level histamine

Published in: on February 23, 2010 at 1:12 am  Leave a Comment  

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