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What is a neurotransmitter?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
These chemical messengers are like baseballs being tossed back and forth. When you turn a neuron on, the neurotransmitters ring or blare out to help send or receive information between neurons.

When you experience neurological disorders, the cause often stems from a flaw in the neurotransmitter-that it can't transport one piece of information to another neuron, meaning that you can't know how to complete a specific task. Also, a natural decline in the function of certain neurotransmitters is believed to make you more vulnerable to such conditions as dementia and depression.

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