The Biochemistry Behind Amino Acid Therapy – Part 2

Our first post in this series established the role that transporters play in establishing optimal neurotransmitter synthesis, metabolism and reuptake. Again, based on the work of Marty Hinz, MD, Alvin Stein, MD and Thomas Uncini, MD, the Organic Cation Transporter Type 2 (OCT-2) seems to be the dominant transport system with regards to serotonin and the catecholamines (to learn more, please read The dual-gate lumen model of renal monoamine transport and  APRESS: apical regulatory super system, serotonin,and dopamine interaction). Let’s learn a bit more how and why these gates work and how we can optimize their function using amino acid therapy. (more…)

The Biochemistry Behind Amino Acid Therapy – Part 1

Neurotransmitter dysfunction is the root cause of a whole host of disorders, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, OCD, ADD/ADHD, migraines, trichotillomania, RLS and Parkinson’s disease. Every disorder that has been linked to centrally acting monoamines (i.e., serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and/or epinephrine) occurs because inadequate amounts of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and/or epinephrine exists. In order to optimize neurotransmitter function, the total number of these neurotransmitters needs to be increased in the system, the synapse or both. (more…)

Amino Acid Therapy Overview – How/Why Amino Acid Therapy Works

amino acid therapy improves neurotransmitter functionAmino 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…)

Amino Acid Therapy and Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue presents an interesting dilemma for clients and health care providers alike because there is so much (mis)information out there. With regards to main stream medicine, adrenal fatigue is not a recognized medical condition and therefore, there are no universally recognized diagnostic criteria for adrenal fatigue. From a clinical perspective however, adrenal fatigue is very real and very widespread. The real question is – what can we do about it? (more…)