Amino Acids are not talked about enough and they are necessary in the body, especially for proper brain function. Making sure you are sufficient in amino acids helps to maintain balance in the entire body. Are you suffering from a mood related issue such as anxiety or depression and can't figure out why?
What are Amino Acids?
Amino Acids are the building blocks to protein. They are responsible for strength, repair, and rebuilding inside the body. Your cells, tissues and your brain get nourishment and protection from amino acids.
Amino acids make up for nearly 75% of your body. Next to water, they make up the largest portion of our body weight. 80% of amino acids are manufactured in the liver. The others are obtained from diet so it is careful to be aware of the amino acids that you are ingesting.
These 9 are considered Essential Amino Acids.
Low Amino acid counts can result in:
Amino Acids are found in foods like red meat, poultry, eggs, seafood and dairy products. Plant foods will only supply some of the amino acids you need. For this reason, a vegetarian diet should be balanced to ensure that amino acids are derived from all parts of the diet. Vegetable sources of protein such as nuts, beans, and grains are incredibly healthy, because they not only provide amino acids, but additional nutrients such as fiber, vitamins A and C.
Food based Amino Acid Supplements:
Braggs Liquid Aminos NON-GMO soy (contains 16 amino acids/8 essential.) This product is great to use in place of regular and potentially toxic soy sauce.
Coconut Aminos contains 17 naturally occurring amino acids. Nutrient-dense, certified organic, dairy free, gluten-free, soy-free and raw-vegan friendly.
By ensuring that you are eating foods that are high in amino acids, or that you are supplementing via a well balanced protein powder or free form amino acids, you are improving your chances for optimal health, greater energy, strength, recovery, improved muscle definition, beautiful skin, better mood, better memory and enhanced brain function.
Amino Acids are link to Mood
Your key neurotransmitters are made up of amino acids. Hundreds of research studies at Harvard, MIT, and elsewhere have confirmed the effectiveness of using just a few targeted amino acid precursors to increase the key neurotransmitters, thereby eliminating depression, anxiety, and cravings for food, alcohol, and drugs.
The Amino Acids You Might Need:
There are 4 mood groups that you might be able to relate to.
And there are ways to get out of feeling these ways by replacing
The Dark Cloud of Depression
This is taken from the book Mood Cure by Julia Ross. To find out more:
Answer these questions for 2 points each. Add up your score and the end of each section. If the number you get is more than the number noted then you might be depleted of one of the amino acids.
Type 1. Under a Dark Cloud: Low in SEROTONIN
(NOTE IF MORE THAN 12)
Type 2. Feeling the Blues: Low in NOREPINEPHRIN or Thyroid
(NOTE IF MORE THAN 6)
Type 3. Over Stressed: Low in GABA or Cortisol
(NOTE IF MORE THAN 8)
Type 4. Too Sensitive for Life’s Pain: Low in ENDORPHIN
( NOTE MORE THAN 6)
Type 5. Mood Swinger: Unstable BLOOD SUGAR
(NOTE MORE THAN 12)
The Amino Acids You Might Need:
Other mood supplements:
I recommend an Omega 3 supplement. Omega 3 is the best good-mood fat. There is a correlation between the rate of depression and the amount of Omega 3's one takes. People report that they come alive when they are taking Omega 3's. Omega 3 comes in 2 forms. One that comes from fish and is ready immediately for brain use. The other from flaxseeds, chia seeds and other seeds and nuts that has to be worked by certain enzymes before they are absorbed into the brain. The best source of Omega 3's are from Wild Salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies and mackerel. They have 3 times more than other fish and 5 times more than flaxseed oil. Since it is very hard to eat the amount of fish needed, get a supplement of Omega 3's and take 1200-2400 mg/day.
Vitamin D is also very important. If you don't get enough Vitamin D from the sun, then I recommend a Vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D is a hormone that regulates the adrenals, the thyroid and calcium. DO not exceed 400 mg/day. If you are out in the sun then no supplement is needed. More and more studies are coming out about just how important vitamin D is in preventing and healing many diseases.
Magnesium works in great partnership with Vitamin D and calcium. These can all help with mood and improve sleep. Magnesium protects us from insomnia, depression, stress, anxiety, anger, heart attack, Alzeihmers, constipation, low blood sugar, PMS, osteoporosis, and chronic fatigue.
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