AFAIK, I understand that red meat contains tyrosine, a precursor to dopamine. When I google 'red meat dopamine', I find numerous online sources confirming this and listing red meat or 'lean red meat' as helpful for raising dopamine.
Except one link, curiously at the top of the search results: http://www.viewzone .com/ dopamine.html:
"Alcohol, red meat, caffeine, and sugar all deplete the brain of dopamine. So forget the usual strategies of booze, a good prime rib followed by strawberry shortcake. You may feel good at the time but the next day will leave you withh less dopamine, cash or chances for a second date."
No sources or anything on that page. yay CONFLICTING INFORMATION
I guess I am just curious in how exactly red meat affects dopamine levels in those that have a problem regulating it (such as myself).
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on July 09, 2013
at 12:12 AM
I'm guessing the authors just choose those things because they're popularly thought of as "bad for you".
The only reason I can think eating red meat might deplete dopamine, while still a huge stretch, is based on burned red meat containing heterocyclic amines like PHiP (2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine). PhiP has been shown to increase prolactin in animals (1), suggesting a decrease in dopamine (they generally have an inverse relationship). This could be due to HCA's like PHiP being able to bind to the enzyme aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase, which makes dopamine from L-DOPA (2).
Still, this is all very presumptive evidence and doesn't even apply to non-burned red meat, which contains lots of nutrients important in the production of dopamine (e.g. tyrosine, vitamin B6, iron, zinc). So I think red meat should be totally fine for dopamine levels and if you want to be cautious just don't eat it harshly cooked.
on July 08, 2013
at 11:06 PM
No sources, contradicts everything everyone else says, and is located on a site where the front page talks about the secret "kosher tax," chemtrails, and the terrible secret of HAARP. I think you answered your own question.