Most amygdala - the key to social success?

October 8, 2011

 You have a lot of friends? So, you have a large amygdala. At least, that's the conclusion made by British scientists: they conducted the study found that the size of this area between the brain and the ability to forge social ties there is a direct link. The level of these connections and relationships - measured by the number of people who perform multiple roles in the social structure, for example, is a friend and colleague - also depends on the size of the amygdala.

These findings parallel the results of studying the behavior of animals it appears to species that form larger groups differ increased size amygdala (considering the proportions of the brain and body structure), as compared with more distinct views. Understanding the relationship between the size of the amygdala and its human relations in society can help in the search for an effective treatment of a variety of diseases and disorders related to communication and relationships, particularly depression Depression - a little more than a bad mood  Depression - a little more than a bad mood
   and autism.

 Most amygdala - the key to social success?

What is the function of the amygdala?

The amygdala is connected with almost all other brain structures. In the past, it was assumed that it regulates fear. Then it turned out that the amygdala affects all emotions Emotions and culture: how to decipher the emotional code  Emotions and culture: how to decipher the emotional code
   person, not just the negative. In addition, it regulates the social interaction is responsible for the recognition of persons. The function of amygdala as a whole - to send a signal to the brain that you do not know exactly what you see in front of you. For example, if you see a stranger, trying to identify the enemy, he, or a friend. So, it amygdala plays a major role in this process and helps you perform all these tasks.

It is believed that the size of the structure reflects its capabilities, that is, the larger the size of the amygdala, the easier it is to recognize people, once met at a party or in a friendly company. Thus, you can more easily communicate and have more friends. Perhaps this is the main distinguishing feature of people with enlarged tonsils, which they owe their ability to easily establish social bonds.

 Most amygdala - the key to social success?

The link between autism and the amygdala

Previous studies have shown that people suffering from autistic spectrum disorders, small amygdala, which may explain their social constraints and the inability to establish social contact .  But these studies have not been able to determine what is cause and what - the result: that is, it is small size amygdala determines the difficulties in communication and socialization, or, conversely, the lack of social interaction affects the size of the amygdala, or both of these factors are interrelated and lead to a reduction in this area of ​​the brain .  For example, scientists admit the idea that the normal development of amygdala, that is, its growth requires a certain level of socialization .  If not, it slows down the growth of tonsils or even suspended, but resumed the normalization of social interactions .

This study - the study of the neurobiology of human social groups - is very important for the further development of human neyrosotsiologii. The results can not be considered conclusive, but they suggest that the structure and functionality of our brain is largely determined by the nature, quality and quantity of our personal relationships and our degree of socialization.

The study was not taken into account the amount of social relations person on the Internet (the number of his friends on the social networks), but they plan to take into account this factor in future research and carefully examine its relationship with the size of the amygdala.

Glycine: Contraindications - hypersensitivity

June 24, 2012

 glycine contraindications
 Glycine - a tool that improves metabolism Improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting  Improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting
   in the brain. It may to some extent reduce the emotional stress, relieves anxiety and protect the cells of the brain and spinal cord (neurons) from the harmful effects of toxic substances and free radicals.

 Glycine: Contraindications - hypersensitivity

Why glycine has no contraindications

Glycine - a drug which is produced in the form of the lingual (taken under the tongue for resorption) tablets whose composition except the glycine include additional substances - water soluble magnesium stearate and methylcellulose.

The main active ingredient in these tablets is glycine or aminoacetic acid. This material in its chemical composition is an amino acid and is found in many proteins, and biologically active substances in the human body. Because glycine in living cells synthesize porphyrins and purine bases.

Being a naturally occurring component of human tissue, glycine may not cause any side-reactions apart from hypersensitivity to the drug. With regard to high sensitivity to the drug, they may occur on any material, even on the individual components of its own tissues. Increased sensitivity may be not only with respect to glycine, and it can develop with respect to the additional substances forming part of lingual tablets.

 Glycine: Contraindications - hypersensitivity

How does

Glycine is a regulator of metabolism Metabolism: The basis of life of all living things  Metabolism: The basis of life of all living things
   in brain cells - neurons. The main mechanism of action of glycine linked to its properties of neurotransmitter - substances that transmit nerve impulses in neurons. Each has its own neurotransmitter receptors - complex structures to ensure the transformation of the impact of a neurotransmitter in the nerve impulse. Glycine receptors are neurons in many brain and spinal cord by acting on them, glycine has an inhibitory effect on neurons by reducing the isolation of these amino acids that have a stimulating effect (for example, glutamic acid). Simultaneously, increased levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), has an inhibiting effect on neurons.

As a result, glycine has a calming effect on the central nervous system (CNS), relieves emotional stress, increased anxiety Anxiety - how to distinguish normal from disease?  Anxiety - how to distinguish normal from disease?
   and slightly improves the general background mood (antidepressant effect). It enhances the effects of other drugs that have similar effects on the central nervous system: anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antipsychotics, tranquilizers. In addition, it reduces hangover symptoms in patients with chronic alcoholism and opiate addiction. Improving the metabolic processes in the brain cells leads to increased mental performance, to some improvement in memory and intelligence.

Glycine quickly and easily absorbed into the blood flows into the brain tissue, and then decomposed to carbon dioxide and water and excreted from the body without being accumulated in the tissues.

 Glycine: Contraindications - hypersensitivity

In what diseases and conditions apply

Glycine can increase social adjustment in patients with addictions (alcoholism, drug addiction, substance abuse), reducing their aggressiveness and conflict. Increased mental capacity in these patients can return to their former social environment. In addition, glycine reduces cravings such patients with alcohol.

Improving sentiment allow the use of this drug in the complex treatment of patients with depression. It facilitates the process of their sleep and restores sleep Dreams: how to understand our dreams  Dreams: how to understand our dreams
 , Which also contributes to the improvement of mood.

Glycine may be administered at the time of menopause, both women and men, as this drug has a positive effect on the autonomic nervous system, suppresses of adrenergic impulses (excitatory CNS), providing a common sedative (calming) effects. As a result, pass or decrease such characteristic for menopause symptoms such as hot flushes blood to the head, drops blood pressure, seizures, tachycardia, sweating and so on.

One of the most important and useful properties of glycine is its ability to reduce the symptoms of brain disorders. Therefore, this drug is widely used in the treatment of the effects of traumatic brain injury and ischemic stroke. It is recommended to start taking it as soon as possible, preferably within three to six hours after stroke and trauma, or at doses ten times higher than usual.

Sometimes glycine administered as part of an integrated treatment of obese patients: it calms the patients who are on a strict diet and reduce their cravings for sweets.

Glycine - a substance that is a part of human tissue, so it has virtually no contraindications for use.

Galina Romanenko

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