Amino acid therapy is the process of supplying each person the exact balance of amino acids and cofactors they need to reestablish proper neurotransmitter function. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that allow your nervous system to function properly by providing communication channels throughout the body. If you do not have an adequate amount of neurotransmitters and/or proper neurotransmitter function, communication throughout the body breaks down, which can result in any number of symptoms. (more…)
We get requests everyday to order amino acid therapy supplements, including NeuroReplete, CysReplete, D5 Mucuna 40%, TyrosineReplete and RepleteExtra. However, the general public cannot just order these products (that’s why you can’t see prices or place these items in your shopping cart in our store). The reason for this is that working with a provider that is skilled in the use of these amino acid therapy products is critical to a person’s long term success and to avoid any negative side effects. (more…)
Part 1 of this series described what is occurring if someone is shown to have dopamine fluctuations on urinary lab testing. This post will describe the clinical implications of these dopamine fluctuations and how they can be properly managed. (more…)
We help a lot of people resolve their symptoms related to neurotransmitter imbalances using amino acid therapy. Occasionally, a person whose symptoms have been under control for several weeks or months will find that their symptoms have returned. There are usually two common reasons for this. (more…)
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease. That is, the disease progresses as more and more neurons are destroyed. The ideal approach is to catch the disease as early as possible so that full function can be restored. This occurs when there are enough dopaminergic neurons remaining, that when given the proper amount and balance of amino acid precursors, are able to compensate for the damage.
However, without proper intervention, the neurodegenerative process will continue. If enough dopaminergic neurons are destroyed, no amount of amino acids will be able to completely restore proper function. Unfortunately, this often occurs when people with Parkinson’s disease attempt to exhaust all other options before implementing amino acid therapy. While these people benefit greatly from amino acid therapy, most do not achieve complete relief of symptoms due to the extent of the neurodegeneration.
Therefore, a person with Parkinson’s disease should implement a course of properly guided amino acid therapy as soon as possible to obtain optimal results. All other therapy options are associated with a progression of the disease. Unlike the medical approach of using L-DOPA/carbidopa, amino acid therapy needs to be implemented as early as possible to optimally manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
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Neurotransmitters are a class of chemical messengers in the body that help regulate many body functions. Most people have heard of several common neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and are familiar with some of their functions in regards to mood and sleep. What many people do not know is that your neurotransmitter balance may dramatically affect your ability to lose and maintain your weight.
Neurotransmitters, Cravings & Addictions
Neurotransmitters not only regulate your mood and hormone levels, they also directly impact your appetite, cravings and sleep. More specifically, if your serotonin levels are low, not only will your mood suffer, you will also be much more likely to crave carbohydrates, especially in the mid‐afternoon and evening. This will make it particularly difficult to lose weight, because your will power is no match for your brain chemistry and you will eventually ‘blow’ a diet and give into the cravings.
Once more, low dopamine levels can cause binging behavior, and are at the root of many addictive‐type behaviors ‐ including addictions to various foods, alcohol, drugs, and actions ‐ all of which will thwart any attempt at losing weight through traditional weight loss methods. In addition, low dopamine levels will dramatically increase your appetite, so you will want to (and eventually will) eat more than your bodily needs warrant, causing you to gain weight.
The key to being able to reduce and eliminate your cravings and appetite is often found in rebalancing your neurotransmitters. This begins with identifying if any of the factors above are at the root of your imbalances so we can prevent further depletion. Next, we must give the body the nutrients it needs to restore your neurotransmitter levels.
Neurotransmitters are made in the body from specific amino acids and cofactors, like B‐vitamins, selenium, and other vitamins and minerals. Given the right proportions of each of these nutrients at the right time, the body will make the neurotransmitters it needs.
By identifying and addressing your neurotransmitter levels you can effectively and efficiently control your cravings and appetite in addition to eliminating depression, helping improve your quality of sleep and rebalancing your hormone levels.