c. m. edge (rezophonic_bob) wrote in cheese_party,
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Behold the power of cheese!

I just found a study that showed that cheese helps you think (link to the article at the bottom):
Scientists have found that people with high levels of the brain chemical serotonin are more likely to succeed in delicate negotiations affecting their own interests. Serotonin is manufactured in the body from the amino acid, tryptophan, which is present in several foods – and cheese is a particularly good source.
Other foods it recommended were "meat, soya beans, sesame seeds, chocolate, oats, bananas, dried dates, milk and salmon," noting that cheese was one of the best sources of tryptophan.  Additionally, although the study seemed to have focused on serotonin enhancing your negotiating ability, it would also enhance most other reasoning skills, and probably other mental functions, including mood, as serotonin is a chemical targeted by a kind of antidepressants called Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SRIs) which do not increase serotonin production but instead decrease its absorbtion.  However, one must note that there is probably a threshold for the improvement, because although tryptophan is important for manufacturing serotonin, this does not mean that its presence in the body directly stimulates serotonin production.  So eating cheese will prevent one from being low on serotonin, but may not provide more than normal levels (although it may; I don't know exactly how it works).
 
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