Free form amino acids are one of the most consistent and powerful tools available for supporting depression and other aspects of mental health. Proteins are the basic building blocks throughout the body. Proteins make up your hair, skin, organs, muscles and other tissues. But they don’t just provide structure to the body, they also provide function. Beyond their use as a structural component, proteins are the building blocks for enzymes, immune molecules, antibodies, hormones and neurotransmitters. All of these molecules are crucial for proper functioning. For brain health, having adequate levels of neurotransmitters is key. For dopamine and norepinephrine, both L-tyrosine and L-phenylalanine can be utilized. For serotonin production, L-tryptophan is needed. Normally, when we acquire amino acids, they are consumed as long chains of protein molecules in protein rich foods, like meat, eggs, and beans. While most people consume adequate protein, they can still be deficient in amino acids. The reason is typically due to compromised digestion. Protein digestion is a complex digestive process that is reliant on multiple organs to function adequately. First, the stomach must contain sufficient acid and pepsin to initiate the process: denaturing proteins and breaking them into smaller pieces. From there, these smaller protein molecules pass into the small intestine and are combined with additional enzymes from the pancreas that further break apart the proteins into smaller fragments. When these small protein fragments reach the brush border cells of the small intestine, they are further subdivided into individual amino acids and absorbed. It should be noted that this process is complex, reliant on numerous components to function properly. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual that something goes wrong. From lack of stomach acid, to compromised brush border enzymes, digestion is commonly disrupted, which can decrease the availability of amino acids. When digestion is disturbed, it doesn’t necessarily matter how much protein you consume. If you can’t break it down effectively into individual amino acids, you will become protein deficient. When this occurs, consuming more complex proteins as additional meat or other foods is not the answer. You need a protein source that is predigested, providing free-form amino acids. When you consume free-form amino acids, no digestion is required, the amino acids are readily available and absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This provides easily available amino acids for every structure and function in the body that utilizes protein. When a person has been deficient in amino acids, providing the raw materials they need can have rapid and dramatic results on different aspects of their health. With thousands of patients, amino acid supplementation has been one of the most consistent and effective approaches to quickly improve and restore mood, especially in patients who are deficient. In patients struggling with depression, you often find an underlying protein deficiency, even in patients eating a good quality diet. With amino acid testing, you can verify deficiencies. When deficient, free-form amino acids can rapidly replete the missing nutrients. In response to supplementation, patients rapidly improve. Mood is elevated and energy levels increase. The effects are often dramatic, with patients describing a night and day difference when supplementing with free-form amino acids as compared to without. Throughout my years of experience working in mental health, free-form amino acids have been one of the simplest and most effective ways to rapidly improve or resolve mental health symptoms. by Dr. Vikram Tarugu MD
by Dr. Vikram Tarugu MD
Amino Acids Role In Drug and Alcohol Addiction
I would like to start by giving you the definition of Addiction and Amino Acids according to Websters dictionary… Addiction: Compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful. Amino acid:An amphoteric organic acid containing the amino group NH2; especially : any of the various amino acids having the amino group in the alpha position that are the chief components of proteins and are synthesized by living cells or are obtained as essential components of the diet. Alcohol and drug addiction is a very difficult disease to treat. Substance abuse disorders are now recognized as disease of the brain, which results in compulsive drug seeking and eventually destroys an individual’s functioning in society. Amino-acids are basic building blocks of protein molecules and intimately connected with the function of neurotransmitters in the brain, which are essentially composed of amino-acids. People with chronic addiction to alcohol and drugs have an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, and so perpetuates the problem. The human body does not have enough reserves to restore the amino-acid reserve and therefore creates a huge negative pool of amino-acids required to help restore the balance needed for proper functioning of the brain. Amino-acid therapy therefore rejuvenates the neurotransmitters and helps build a proper balance of the key neurotransmitters. Is amino acid supplementation a cure for Addiction? Can it help reduce withdrawal symptoms? Can it increase the likelihood of staying clean? Can it make me feel better? Which amino acids can work for addiction? What part of my body will this help or affect? These are some of the pertinent questions that we as health care providers have researched in the past year. There are different ways to deliver the amino-acids to help rejuvenate the neurotransmitters in the brain. Amino-acids most essential for treatment of addiction are :
Vit B6 or B complex,
• 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-htp)
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