Can’t You Get Amino Acids From Food?
The amino acid profile of various proteins varies greatly. Foods that contain protein, whether they are vegetarian or animal in origin, contain different combinations of amino acids. While we do need to keep up our overall daily intake of protein to maintain our health, proper brain’s neurotransmitters balance cannot always be achieved through balanced diet alone.
Protein intake increases the level of amino acids circulating around in the blood stream. Once proteins are broken down into amino acids by the digestive system, they are then released into the blood stream. In order for these amino acids to be taken up into the brain and improve brain chemistry, they have to be carried across the blood-brain barrier using a specific transport system.
This transport system will not help to correct amino acid imbalances within the brain. For example, if you have become under normal levels or been depleted in serotonin because of high stress, dietary deficiencies or other lifestyle factors, the tryptophan uptake will not increase in any capacity across the blood-brain barrier.
The Role of Amino Acid Supplementation
So, how can we increase the amount of serotonin in the brain and human body utilizing tryptophan as a precursor? The answer lies in the timing of supplementation.
Between meals, the levels of circulating amino acids in the bloodstream decreases. By supplementing with an individual amino acid when one is between meals or through iv therapy, we are allowing that particular amino acid to become more available to be taken up by the transporter at the blood-brain barrier. Once the amino acid supplement is taken up in the brain, it can then be used for neurotransmitter production.
What Is Amino Acid Therapy Used For?
Amino acid therapy is often used to help address withdrawal symptoms, manage mood swings and aids addiction therapy. Amino acid therapy focuses on using amino acids to improve the natural production and function of neurotransmitters. Each neurotransmitter has a specific amino acid, which is required for its synthesis and plays a particular role within the brain and body.
It is important to note that amino acid therapy is not a cure for drug and alcohol dependence and substance abuse addiction, but it can be an effective part of a comprehensive treatment program. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, contact us today to learn more about amino acid therapy for addiction.
Amino Acid Therapy at Ranch Creek Recovery
At Ranch Creek Recovery, our experienced staff is dedicated to your individual well-being. Contact us today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs and holistic methods. Our testing and evaluating physicians have been setting the standard for proper amino acid therapy in Southern California for years.