How amino acids affect our mental health

Amino acids are the metabolic building blocks of the body. In their natural state, amino acids form the basis of life. They are the raw essential materials your body needs to produce cells, bones, hormones, hair, skin and more.

Amino acids are also precursors or the building blocks for our neurotransmitters, messengers that communicate neurological information from one cell to another. They play a major role in shaping everyday life and function.

Take the neurotransmitter serotonin for example.

During the day, serotonin is your feel good “happy” molecule. At night, it turns into melatonin so you can experience a deep and restful sleep. To produce serotonin, you need sufficient levels of the amino acid L-tryptophan. Serotonin falls into the category of calming neurotransmitters, and it can act as an antidepressant to alleviate depression.

Dopamine is another neurotransmitter, and it is the parent of norepinephrine and adrenaline. Norepinephrine and adrenaline are also known as catecholamines and are often referred to as “The Cats”. To build dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline, you need sufficient levels of tyrosine and phenylalanine.

These catecholamines help you focus, stay alert, and concentrate. Dopamine and catecholamines belong to the category of energizing neurotransmitters.

How do amino acids fit into the Truehope program?

When you include a broad-spectrum free-form amino acid blend like AminoPower Advanced in your diet while transitioning off of medication, it can buffer withdrawal effects, making it more comfortable to gradually reduce medications.

Medications can affect neurotransmitter synthesis, so it makes sense to take additional amino acids while transitioning from medication to nutrients.

Amino acids, vitamins, and minerals are part of the family of micronutrients. The vitamins and minerals are the cofactors, and the amino acids the building blocks. The cofactors also play a significant role in synthesizing neurotransmitters. Without sufficient levels of vitamins and minerals, the amino acids would be unable to fulfill their role as building blocks.

As you can see, there are many good reasons for you to include a broad-spectrum, free-form amino acid blend in your diet. Taking the AminoPower Advanced along with EMPowerplus Advanced makes sense!

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