Here are my supplement recommendations for The Amazing Aminos for Anxiety group program. Most links are from my online store (find details at the end on how to purchase from Emerson) and a few can be purchased in health stores or via other online stores.
Class 1: Introduction to the Amino Acids and Low Blood Sugar
Glutamine helps with low blood sugar, may help eliminate the strong desire for something sweet when opened on to the tongue, and is very healing for the digestive system
- Pure Encapsulations Glutamine 500mg: l-glutamine (free-form) 500 mg, vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate) 5 mg. The can be swallowed or the capsule can be opened on to the tongue
- Designs for Health Glutamine Powder: L-Glutamine. This is a powdered glutamine that you can use right on your tongue or even mixed in water. The taste is quite pleasant.
Vitamin C 1000mg is used to negate the effects of any amino acid. I typically use EmergenC but as someone kindly pointed out to me, this still contains folic acid, so here are some good vitamin C recommendations:
- Designs for Health C + Biofizz: Vitamin C 2569 mg (as Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbate) Quercetin 20 mg Hesperidin 20 mg Rutin 10 mg. This one mixes nicely in water and can also be added to a smoothie but tastes quite sweet for many people. I personally prefer less of a sweet taste.
- Designs for Health Buffered Vitamin C: Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 2000 mg, Calcium (as calcium ascorbate) 80 mg, Magnesium (as magnesium ascorbate) 160 mg, Potassium (as potassium bicarbonate) 200 mg. This one mixes so-so in water and can also be added to a smoothie. The taste is not very pleasant.
Class 2: Stiff and tense, anxious, panic attacks, crave to relax and low GABA + pyroluria
GABA helps to raise GABA levels. Here are some GABA products:
- Source Naturals GABA Calm. This is a pleasant-tasting sublingual product that you can buy at your local health-store and some online stores. Emerson does not carry it (yet!). This is my most popular and most effective form of GABA I use with my clients.
- Nutritional Fundamentals for Health GABA-T SAP: gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) 300 mg,
l-Theanine 150 mg
- ProThera 500mg GABA: GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) 500 mg
- Designs for health Stress Arrest: Niacin (niacinamide) 100 mg, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCL) 10 mg, Pantothenic acid (d-calcium pantothenate) 100 mg, GABA 300 mg, Glycine 200 mg
These are the products for pyroluria – zinc, vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil. A good copper-free multi is also a good idea:
- Solaray OptiZinc 30mg. Zinc (as Zinc Monomethionine [OptiZinc®] 30 mg, Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 20 mg. The zinc in this form seems to be well absorbed by many people and is available over the counter. This also does not contain copper. Be careful as there are other OptiZinc products on the market that do contain copper (Source Naturals is one example)
- Douglas Labs Opti-Zinc: Zinc (from 150 mg Zinc Monomethionine) 30 mg. The zinc in this form seems to be well absorbed by many people and is available over the counter. This also does not contain copper.
- Designs for Health Zinc Challenge: Zinc sulphate monohydrate in a base of distilled water. Each 2 tsp provides Zinc sulfate monohydrate 8 mg. Use this for testing your zinc status
- Here are a selection of 100 mg Vitamin B6/pyridoxine. Use dream recall as a way to monitor if it’s working, plus social anxiety and mood improvements. If this doesn’t work you may need to use the activated form in conjunction with or instead of this one (see below)
- Pure Encapsulations P5P50 (activated B-6): pyridoxal 5 phosphate (activated B6) 50 mg, vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate) 3 mg. This activated form of B6 may be needed if the 100-500 mg B6/pyridoxine doesn’t work or may be needed in addition to vitamin B6/pyridoxine. Use dream recall as a way to monitor if it’s working, plus social anxiety and mood improvements.
- Now Foods Super Primrose 1300mg: Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera blennis) (Seed) 1.3 g (1300 mg). GLA is often low in pyroluria and EPO helps with zinc absorption and PMS symptoms.
- Designs for Health Twice Daily Multi:This is a good copper-free multi. It also contains Folates (NatureFolate™ blend) 400 mcg instead of folic acid (no DFH products contain folic acid).
Class 3: Worry, rumination, negativity, afternoon and evening cravings and low serotonin
Tryptophan and/or 5-HTP can help to raise low serotonin. I typically recommend starting with tryptophan and don’t recommend 5-HTP if you have high cortisol as it can raise cortisol. Some people do better on tryptophan and some do better on 5-HTP.
- Lidtke l-Tryptophan 500mg: L-Tryptophan 500 mg. I only recommend the Lidtke brand for tryptophan as quality is a big consideration when it comes to tryptophan. This can be opened and/or chewed but doesn’t taste good. This is not the same as the Lidtke Tryptophan Complete which has ingredients other than tryptophan making it more difficult to titrate up.
- Lidtke l-Tryptophan Chewable: 2 tablets have L-Tryptophan 200mg. This chewable form is both good and bad. It’s good because it’s a nice 100mg of tryptophan per tablet, is chewable, tastes good and would be suitable for kids and pixie dust people. The bad aspect is that it does contain sugar and is quite sweet so you are continually consuming something sweet and may end up over-consuming them if sugar addiction is your issue.
- Pure Encapsulations 5-HTP 50mg: 50mg 5-HTP
Designs for Health Inositol is fabulous for obsessive thoughts and actions that the tryptophan isn’t quite enough for. (It’s also been shown to be very helpful for OCD itself). The powder has a very slightly sweet taste and is a great way to take it. You can take up to 18g a day But I suggest starting with 2g a day and building up as needed. I think it would make a great addition for mixing into the nasty tasting tryptophan – I’d suggest starting with 2g inositol per 500mg tryptophan.
Douglas Labs 1mg melatonin sublingual – If the tryptophan isn’t enough for sleep, adding this often helps if you can’t fall asleep (and if it’s a low serotonin/low melatonin issue). Start with one and increase to 3 as needed
Douglas Labs 3mg melatonin prolonged release If the tryptophan isn’t enough for sleep, adding this often helps if you wake in the night and if it’s a low serotonin/low melatonin issue. Start with one and increase to 2 as needed.
Class 4: Comfort and reward eating and low endorphins
DPA or D-Phenylalanine is the amino acid that helps to raise endorphins and eliminate the comfort/reward eating
- Lidtke Endorphigen 500mg: Riboflavin 5mg, Pyridoxal 5-phosphate 5mg (enzymatic form of vitamin B6), D-Phenylalanine 500mg. This is one of my top products that I recommend. This comes in a gelatin capsule and tastes quite pleasant when chewed – some people think it has a dark chocolate-like taste. A few people don’t like the taste at all
Class 5: Tired, coffee-drinking, blahs and the catecholamines
Tyrosine is the amino acid that helps to raise low catecholamines and can often help you quit coffee.
- Progressive Labs tyrosine 500mg: 500mg l-tyrosine
Most of the above links are from Emerson Ecologics, my online supplement distributor of quality professional grade supplements.
- You will need to set up a customer account under my practitioner account. The access code is calm23 and my zip code 96511.
- I have researched the products I recommend – quality is key when it comes to supplements just as it is key when it comes to food
- They carry everything except 2 products I recommend – Source Naturals GABA Calm (which you can purchase at your local health store) and Interplexus Seriphos (which you can purchase from Interplexus) – so it’s one-stop shopping.
- They do ship most products internationally
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