What are some of the chemicals that regulate digestion?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Digestion is regulated by many chemicals, including one called 5-HT. A precursor to the feel-good chemical serotonin, it can be controlled by drugs that stimulate the serotonin system. When they're working correctly, these aid digestion by stimulating more neurons, releasing nitric oxide (which aids anal relaxation), and releasing a substance called acetylcholine, which helps stimulate colon contractions so you can go to the bathroom. It also allows you to move gas through the intestines without sensing discomfort.
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