Here are my amino acid and pyroluria supplement recommendations. These are the products I use with my one-one clients and those doing my online group programs.
Most links are from my online store Emerson Ecologics:
- You can find details at the end on how to make your purchase
- You will first need to set up an account
A few of them can be purchased in health stores or via other online stores.
Questionnaires and information
My publisher would not allow me to make specific product recommendations in my book so this list is a courtesy to those of you who have purchased the book.
If you do not have my book I highly recommend getting it and reading it before jumping in to taking supplements: The Antianxiety Food Solution – How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings
There is a complete chapter on the amino acids and one for pyroluria, plus information on real whole food, sugar and blood sugar, gluten, digestion and much more.
Once you have read it you can use these blogs as summaries (they do contain some information that is not in my book).
Here is the Amino Acids Mood Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution and additional information on Anxiety and targeted individual amino acid supplements: a summary
Here is the Pyroluria Questionnaire from The Antianxiety Food Solution and additional information on Pyroluria, social anxiety, introversion: a summary
Supplements for Low Blood Sugar (anxious, shaky between meals and intense sugar cravings)
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 capsules 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.
Supplements for low GABA (stiff and tense muscles, anxious, panic attacks, use sugar/wine to relax)
GABA helps to raise GABA levels. I find GABA to be most effective when taken sublingually or opened on to the tongue. I find GABA to be more effective than pharmaGABA for most of my clients. I don’t ever use phenibut. Here are some GABA products that I like.
- 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. This is pleasant-tasting when opened on to the tongue
- Enzymatic Therapy GABA: gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) 250 mg
- ProThera 500mg GABA: GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) 500 mg. You will likely need to open this up and start with less than a full capsule during the day (a full capsule may be fine at night)
- 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
Supplements for low serotonin (worry, rumination, negativity, afternoon and evening cravings and insomnia)
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 (120 count). 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. It can be mixed with inositol powder to make it more pleasant (see below) or with mashed banana. NOTE: This is not the same as the Lidtke Tryptophan Complete which has ingredients other than tryptophan making it more difficult to titrate up.
- Here is the 60 count l-Tryptophan 500mg
- 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. Because you are continually consuming something sweet you may end up over-consuming them if sugar addiction is your issue.
- Pure Encapsulations 5-HTP 50mg: 50mg 5-HTP. Some of my clients do better on 5-HTP and some find taking this during the day and tryptophan at night works well for them.
Designs for Health Inositol is fabulous for obsessive thoughts/behaviors that the tryptophan isn’t quite enough for. It’s also been shown to be very helpful for OCD itself. The powder has a slightly sweet taste and I recommend taking it in the powdered form. You can take up to 18g a day but I suggest starting with 2g a day and building up as needed. I think it makes a great addition for mixing into the nasty tasting tryptophan – I suggest starting with 2g inositol per 500mg tryptophan.
Douglas Labs 1mg melatonin sublingual – If the tryptophan isn’t enough for sleep issues, 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.
Supplement for low endorphins (comfort and reward eating, weepy, pain issues)
DPA or D-Phenylalanine is the amino acid that helps to raise endorphins and eliminates 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
- Here is the 60 count Endorphigen 500mg
Supplement for low catecholamines (tired, coffee-drinking, blahs, poor focus, low motivation)
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
Vitamin C for negating the effects of any amino acid
Vitamin C 1000mg is used to negate the effects of any amino acid. I used to use EmergenC but this still contains folic acid, so here are some good alternate 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 doesn’t mix very well in water and can also be added to a smoothie. The taste is not very pleasant.
The supplements for pyroluria
Zinc, vitamin B6, evening primrose oil and a good copper-free multivitamin are what I use for my clients with pyroluria or for those who score above 15 on the questionnaire:
- 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 of my clients 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 of my clients. 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 as described here: Zinc deficiency is common: using liquid zinc status test as an assessment tool
- 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 P5P 50 (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.
- Designs For Health P5P 50mg: another good product with pyridoxal 5 phosphate (activated B6) 50 mg
- Now Foods Super Primrose 1300mg: Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera blennis) (Seed) 1.3 g (1300 mg) – 120 count. 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).
Free form amino acids and magnesium
- Genestra Amino Complex: A free form amino blend in capsules. It does contain tryptophan
- Allergy Research Free Aminos: A free form amino acid blend in capsules. It contains 5-HTP and not tryptophan. I’d prefer it if it had tryptophan.
- Designs for Health Magnesium Malate 360mg
Liquid and powder options for children
Here are some liquid and powder options for children (or for adults, if you have a hard time swallowing pills):
- Carlson 100mg B6: Use dream recall (and no more nightmares) as a way to monitor if it’s working, plus improvements in social anxiety and mood
- Designs for Health 50mg P5P (with a little zinc and magnesium): This is the activated form of B6. Use dream recall (and no more nightmares) as a way to monitor if it’s working, plus improvements in social anxiety and mood.
- Pure Encapsulations 15mg Zinc gluconate: A liquid zinc option
- Metagenics 15mg Zinc (as zinc sulfate): A liquid zinc option
- Designs for Health Zinc Challenge: Zinc sulphate monohydrate in a base of distilled water. Each 2 tsp provides Zinc sulfate monohydrate 8 mg. I use this for testing zinc status but it could be used as a supplement too.
- BodyBio evening primrose oil: Gamma Linolenic Acid/GLA (omega-6) 473 mg. GLA is often low in pyroluria and EPO helps with zinc absorption, eczema and PMS symptoms.
- Klaire Labs Vitaspectrum multivitamin/mineral: This is a great copper-free, iron-free powdered multi for kids. You can mix the powder directly into room temperature or cold foods or beverages just before serving.
- Pure Encapsulations Amino Replete: A free form amino acid powder blend that does contain tryptophan. It does contain fructose, flavors and luo han guo
- Crayhon Research – My Aminoplex: An unflavored free form amino blend in a powder form. It does contain tryptophan
- Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Citrate 250mg powder
- Designs for Health Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate 300 mg powder: This one does have stevia and natural flavors
- Also see chewable tryptophan, GABA calm and inositol, plus powdered Vitamin (all listed above).
Emerson Ecologics – my online store
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 a few products I recommend – Source Naturals GABA Calm and Solaray Optizinc (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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