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Disarm Yourself: Reduce Norepinephrine

calm Jul 02, 2019

by Henry Emmons, MD

[adapted from The Chemistry of Calm]

p.s., If you haven't read Part 1 of this series, head there first.

With depression, there's often too little NE, but in anxiety it's frequently elevated and needs to be toned down. 

Disarm Yourself: Reduce Norepinephrine

Norepinephrine (NE) raises your level of alertness and arousal. It puts the amygdala on high alert to set off all the alarms in case danger arises.

That alarm system is good if you’re doing something like hunting or evading capture, but not helpful if you're speaking in front of a group or if you've developed panic anxiety for any reason.

How do you know if NE is excessive?

Norepinephrine is the brain’s version of epinephrine, which also goes by the name “adrenaline.” You've probably had the experience of “running on adrenaline.” It's similar to the feeling of drinking too much caffeine, which also elevates norepinephrine’s effects.

Physical Experiences:  May be a rapid heart rate, shallow and rapid breathing, elevated blood pressure, cold extremities, and muscle tension and shakiness.

Emotional Experiences: You may feel panicky as if something awful is about to happen.

Mental Experiences: Your mind may go blank as you find that you can’t think clearly or remember things, no matter how hard you try.

Supplements to Balance Norepinephrine

You can tone down the effects of NE by taking the amino acid l-theanine; the anti-oxidant NAC; inositol; and the Omega 3 fatty acids. You should also avoid caffeine


 

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