Tuesday, July 19, 2005
This isn't the first time a food-related hormone turned out to be a major player in the brain: Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a gastrointestinal hormone, involved in food intake and satiety, that also turned out to be an excitatory neurotransmitter, implicated in systems including anxiety, memory, and perhaps schizophrenia.
This 'brain-gut' connection has always been fascinating to me. Without too much of a stretch, you can see how the brain is really just a means towards advancing the gut's ends. However, I cannot wait until Leptin comes out in pill form, so I can have a better memory and never hear about the bloody South Beach Diet ever again!