Amino Acid Therapy

Article by Trina M. Seligman

What are Amino Acids?
When we eat protein in our diet, the protein is digested into smaller particles, so that they can be absorbed. These smaller particles are called amino acids. Amino acids are absorbed from the digestive tract into the blood stream where they are carried to different parts of the body to perform different functions.

What do Amino Acids do?
Amino acids are carried in the blood to various parts of the body where they perform a variety of functions including the building of proteins such as those used in hair, nails and muscles. They also build proteins essential to immune system function and blood sugar regulation. Some amino acids, function in every cell of your body to help generate ATP, the energy molecule of the body. Studies have demonstrated abnormal levels of amino acids in patients suffering from chronic fatigue. Some amino acids are carried in the bloodstream to the brain where they function to make neurotransmitters. Studies have demonstrated abnormal levels of amino acids in patients (and rats!) suffering from depression, anxiety and ADD/ADHD etc. These studies have been used by the pharmaceutical industry to design new drugs.

How do Amino Acids help with Depression, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD etc?
When our amino acids are in balance, the neurotransmitters in the nervous system are in balance and we feel happy, we feel calm, and we can focus and concentrate. When the amino acids are out of balance, the neurotransmitters are out of balance and we may feel depressed, or anxious, or have trouble with focus or concentration. Depending on your symptoms and medical history, a focused program of amino acids may be described to help balance your brain chemistry and relieve your symptoms.

How do you get started?
A first visit is necessary to determine if this is right for you, there may be other illnesses that can cause depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD or other ailments of the nervous system. These should be ruled out prior to getting involved in amino acid therapy.


Recommended Reading:

Driven to Distraction: Edward Hallowell and John Ratey
No More Ritalin: Treating ADHD without Drugs. Mary Ann Block
The Way Up from Dow: Priscilla Slagle
The Amino Revolution: Roberta Erdman
The Healing Nutrients Within: Eric Braverman
The Mood Cure: Julia Ross
Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD: Daniel Amen
The Brain Chemistry Plan: Michael Lesser
The Healing Nutrients Within: Eric Braverman
The Mood Cure: Julia Ross
Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD: Daniel Amen
The Brain Chemistry Plan: Michael Lesser


Amino Acid Therapy Article by Trina M. Seligman

 

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