Adenosine, a name little known to those who do not work in the medical field, yet it is a protagonist of our day. Or rather the rhythm of our days since affects the sleep wake cycle. Not only that, we find theAdenosine also in hair products, for what purpose, let's find out.
Adenosine is a neurotransmitter with an inhibitory function, we can find it also indicated with the acronym P1 or as Purina-1. Its main action consists in the slet the brain know about accumulated oxidative stress levels, that is to say when we arrive at a state of fatigue and / or stress that requires a "stop".
This neurotransmitter it then tells the brain that it needs to stop, rather than communicating it as information, it gives the body in question a peremptory message, forces it to take a break.
Adenosine: what is it for
We have seen that the role played by this neurotransmitter is important in regulation of the central nervous system. To better understand what it is used for, let's connect it to commonly used substance such as coffee, chamomile or tea. All three are adenosine receptors and are adenosine antagonists so they hinder this "messenger", so much so that by taking them we can be overexcited and not feel tired.
A contrary effect, as an agonist, has instead a substance called limonene, mainly contained in the peel of lemon, grapefruit and orange.
When you have levels of Adenosine too high you can feel effects like drowsiness, depression, slow heartbeat, nausea, slowness of reflexes. It may seem strange, but we can notice this unhealthy abundance even from the metallic taste in the mouth. When instead the levels are too low here is tick hyperactivity, insomnia and psychosis symptoms are also possible.
Adenosine and sleep
It is now clear that the effects of Adenosine concern sleep, not only but above all. It is also true that when one takes adenosine, it is also possible to feel peripheral vasodilation, dizziness, excessive sweating or nausea. Returning to its role in the rest cycle, in particular there are recent studies that would indicate adenosine as a neurotransmitter that intervenes in the sleep induction process slow wave (SWS - Slow-Wave Sleep).
Adenosine and hair
So far we have talked about sleep and hyperactivity, and occasionally also about nausea, what does the hair do? They focus because adenosine also appears among the ingredients of products aimed at regrowing hair. As a "messenger" he will bring messages in this area too, not just in what concerns fatigue and stress. Demonstrating the complexity of the human body and the close connections, sometimes unknown to us, of aspects of our life that are apparently unrelated to each other.
Adenosine and coffee
Coffee and adenosine are enemies, or rather the first "blocks" the second, preventing it from telling the brain that the levels of stress and fatigue are too high to continue as if nothing had happened. Being the much loved coffee and consumed around the world, studies have been carried out on the matter and it emerged that to wake up perky and stay charged for a long time, the winning formula includes a coffee followed by a 15/20 minute nap.
They have now baptized it "coffee nap"And it seems to work, you can always try, in the meantime let's see why all this would happen.
After drinking the coffee, the caffeine must cross the gastro-intestinal tract to enter the bloodstream and have its appreciated effect, it takes 20 minutes, if we sleep while it reaches the brain, it's perfect we can get up fresh and ready for the day. Without this trick we would find ourselves waking up from deep, slow-wave sleep abruptly ensuring a day full of yawns and not quite in a good mood.
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