The Antianxiety Food Solution Amino Acid and Pyroluria Supplements

June 26, 2015

antianxiety food solution and amino acids

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

Please read and follow these Amino Acid Precautions
 

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

 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

 

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.

 

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.
  • 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

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):

 


 

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

The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Check with your doctor before starting a new supplement program.

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Anne
Anne
Hi Trudy, Thanks for this list. I’m going to experiment with my dose for Pyroluria rather than continue on my compounded dose. Mind you I can do a bit of trial and error with my current dose which is 3 capsules. So I can currently take 1/3 or 2/3 of the dose and add other things and know pretty much what I’m taking. I’m wondering however when you talk about taking a good Multivitamin, you don’t seem to count the dose of Zinc and B6 within this multi in your daily dose of Zinc and B6. Currently I’ve been taking… Read more »
Alexandra
Alexandra
Hi Trudy I followed your information with interest. I tried Gaba in the past and fell nothing. The same with 5-HTP but I may try the brands and amounts you recommend and see if it works. I have a question: I have low magnesium but I don’t seam able to absorb it: I take huge amounts and I still have night cramps and my intestines don’t work better, so I am not dealing with it well and my cravings for chocolate should be related to this. Any formula of magnesium that you would recommend I took several magnesium glycinate douglas… Read more »
Alexandra
Alexandra

Thank you Trudy and what kind / brand of magnesium would you recommend?

Janet Rice
Janet Rice

What do you recommend for pyrolurics who are also OVER methylated. How do those two conditions affect each other? Pyrrole disorder causes low serotonin and GABA. Over methylation causes high dopamine, high serotonin, and low GABA.

So as I write it, I might see that serotonin might be balanced. But dopamine would be high and GABA low?

Darla
Darla

Hi Trudy,

This is a VERY helpful post- thank you!

I’ve contacted you before in regard to pyroluria since I tested positive for it. Is it an issue if the multivitamin also contains zinc if we are already taking OptiZinc separately? I’m not sure if I need to go above the 30 mg contained in the OptiZinc supplement which is why I thought I’d ask about the zinc contained in the multivitamin.

Thanks again!

Holly
Holly
Hello! I just bought your book after hearing your recent session with Sean Croxton. I really appreciate the brand recommendations. Both the L Tryptophan and GABA calm make me feel light headed, so I will try the tryptophan at night only and the GABA sparingly, as needed. Does that mean I am taking too much? I am just at starting doses. I don’t wake up feeling very well rested. Any suggestions for that? Also, if I am not recalling dreams at starter Pyroluria doses, should I increase doses of all 3 supplements? (I haven’t been on all of those for… Read more »
Sarah Janette
Sarah Janette

Thank you Trudy for making such a comprehensive post (especially during a time where you are rightfully focused on your mother)! I am sure I will put this to good use with my niche. Well done!

Janet Rice
Janet Rice

I find it interesting and a little problematic that your amino acid test only deals with low neurotransmitters. I don’t fit your tests! What about high serotonin or dopamine that is the result of overmethylation? I base my studies on William Walsh. I also like Joan Larson.

If I take 5HTP or SAMe, I become very witchy! I do great with DMAE and AlpaGPC which help to lower dopamine. I also like GABA which can be low in overmethylators.

Dave
Dave

Janet,
I am a fellow overmethylator(supposedly). I am also high in homocysteine, and low in histamine. I am trying to follow Dr. Walsh’s suggestions–so far I’m having a rough time. I will definitely look into Joan Larson’s theories too. I would really like to exchange ideas with you.

Dave

ray g
ray g
Hi Trudy, I listened to your interview with Sean and I was VERY impressed. I never heard of pyroluria before (or catecholamines) but when reading your checklists they resonated strongly. I bought the pyroluria supplements and took your recommended dosage and almost immediately felt better! (thanks so much!) however about 1 week into the supplementation I started to get pains in my hands (finger joints) and feet. maybe like a constant 4 on a scale 1-10. I’ve taken zinc and b’s before, so Im thinking its the Primrose, so I discontinued it for 2 days so far. I’m wondering if… Read more »
Jo
Jo
Thanks for the lists, your book has helped me a lot. I purchased Lidtke l-Tryptophan and time release melatonin and notice a big difference in my sleep. Instead of waking up every two hours I’m sleeping better but still wake up at 4 am a few nights a week and can’t get back to sleep. Gaba hasn’t helped. What can I take to get back to sleep and what are your thoughts on Seriphos Phosphorylated Serine? I think my anxiety has to do with my adrenals because I wake up in a sweat and am way past menopause.
Amy C.
Amy C.

Hi Trudy! I’m trying to get off the 0.25mg of Klonopin I’ve been taking daily for years. But I still need help for daily anxiety and panic. Would GABA be something to try while weaning myself off? Is that the most comperable to a benzo? Many thanks!!

Scott Stevens
Scott Stevens

I have read that GABA does not cross the blood-brain barrier unless the brain is leaky. Is this true or is there another mechanism for it to work?

Lorraine
Lorraine

Trudy, do you think taking GABA would help a person to wean off Gabapentin? Any other suggestions?

Anne
Anne
Hi Trudy, Thank-you for all you do to support and enhance the health of those you work with! Personally your book has made a world of difference in my life. Here is my question: I am a pediatric nurse practitioner in a busy, mostly medi-cal pediatricians office. As a PNP I always talk about wellness for my patients especially in regards to diet and nutrition. I also have several adolescent patients with anxiety/depression etc. Most of our families can’t afford treatments or medications outside of what their insurance will pay for and many do not have internet access. I am… Read more »
Carmel
Carmel
Hi Trudy, I did read that you dont test for Pyroluria. I had the test and the reading was very high. I did your questionnaire and only scored about 5. I was on the supplements but needless to say they were not effective. And my blood tests showed that my B6 levels and zinc are all in range. So does that mean that the test is unreliable? However I do have anxiety. I tend to wake up during the night with dreams, sweating and anxiety. I am taking bio-identical hormones and so my hormones are now balanced. I have started… Read more »
Maria
Maria

for low blood sugars during the night, eating a bedtime snack of protein helps me

Carrie Phelps
Carrie Phelps

Trudy,

Once I figure out which of the many things you have told us about is causing the anxiety in the first place, I’d love to get off my Pristiq. What regimine do you recommend to ween off of antidepressants, and what supplements do you recommend to help to build up seratonin and help with the withdrawal?
Also, do you work with any doctors or naturopaths in Utah that follow your philosophies and protocols? I need help figuring out the root cause.

Michelle
Michelle

Hello Trudy

Thank you for all the great information! I’m just a little confused about the section above that says “Vitamin C 1000mg is used to negate the effects of any amino acid” – so should we avoid Vitamin C when taking amino acids? but you said you take EmergenC?

Or are you talking about side effects of amino acids?

Thanks Michelle

Kim
Kim
Hi Trudy. I am looking for relief for my 19yr old son’s OCD. He currently takes Lithium Orotate and supplemental L-Theanine for assistance with anxiety, but neither seems to work great with the OCD. He has tried Inositol 1950mg 3x per day with little effect. I really like what you have to say about the Lidkte L-Tryptophan and would like to give it a try for him. He currently works with Mensah Medical (for Pyroluria) and I have been advised to run any new supplement I want to try for him, past them first. They told me that since he… Read more »
Sandra
Sandra
Hey! I’ve experienced really good results when taking the starter pyroluria supplements but after a week I felt a tingling/numbness feeling on my arms so I tried the other form of B6 wich is P5P (33,8 mg) and my tingling slightly disappeared but it’s still there, even though my dream recalll and social anxiety symptoms became much better! Do you think I should lower the dose? Also, do you recommend me taking l-tryptophan/5-htp with Gaba to reduce social anxiety? I scored high on the amino acid questionnaires on both serotonin and gaba, and thought this approach may be better for… Read more »
Mary
Mary

Hi Trudy, I have a 14 year old and an 11 year old son that also have
extreme sugar cravings. Can they also do the L – Glutamine protocol? if
so how much and for how long? I also might have adrenal fatigue and wake
up every morning very anxious what supplements and how much and how many
times a day should I take for adrenal issues? How would I know if I have
adrenal issues? Thanks Mary

Mary
Mary

Trudy,

How would I know if I have candida?

Mary
Mary

Trudy,

If we are taking the amino acids should we be taking any vitamin C if is negates the affects of the aminos?

Jack Sinclair
Jack Sinclair

Hi Trudy. I have suffered from social anxiety for over a decade. I recently read a study which suggested SA is a problem of too much serotonin – http://www.uu.se/en/media/news/article/?id=4918&area=2,6,10,16&typ=artikel&lang=en

What would you recommend in terms of supplements?

Thanks

Kaylyn
Kaylyn

Regarding the chewable tryptophan, how many tablets do you suggest starting out with and then working up to? And do you suggest letting them dissolve under the tongue or is chewing them better (looking for whatever is most suggested by you)? Do you prefer your clients to be on the capsule over the chewables? I see you say that the capsules “can be opened up and/or chewed” so I am guessing you do not recommend swallowing them whole?

Thank you in advance for answering these questions. Look forward to your response!

Cindy
Cindy

I ordered the twice daily multi from Designs for Health but when I received the product, I noticed this difference: Product online shows idodine from (kelp). When I received my multi – ordered same one – it shows iodine from potassium iodide. I was not happy with this.

Biotin 300 mcg
Pantothenic Acid (as d-Calcium Pantothenate) 50 mg
Iodine (as Kelp) 75 mcg
Zinc (TRAACS® Zinc Glycinate Chelate) 15 mg

Susie
Susie
Hi Trudy, I recently saw your interview with Sean in the Depression Sessions and was really excited about the information you shared. I’ve since read your pyroluria and amino acid mood questionnaires and feel as though things are beginning to make sense. I’m keen to start taking some amino acids but am now a bit confused because I scored quite highly in each category! So my question is, what aminos should I start on first? They all do different things so they are all important. I have just started zinc, B6 and l-glutamine (mainly because I had them on hand)… Read more »
Marlana
Marlana
I started taking 500mg at bedtime to help with my anxiety due to adrenal fatigue. I have seen a reduction in my anxiety but I feel really groggy the next morning. When I take it with magnesium, this grogginess is worse. I know that my magnesium is low because I had a Mg RBC ran. I take vegetable capsules. Is there anyway to cut the dosage of this or spread the dosage out more so I will not feel like this in the morning or when I take my magnesium? Any assistance with this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Renee
Renee
Hi Trudy! I have been struggling with increasing anxiety and recent panic attacks. Just read your book last week and had 21 of the most common pyroluria symptoms you name. Talked with my naturopath and am going to start supplements. I have a few questions as I get started: 1) If my multivitamin has copper in it will it say “copper” on the nutritional breakdown? or are there additional names I need to look for? 2) On page 142 of your book you say to start with 240mg of evening primrose — is this correct? I noticed that the capsules… Read more »
Sharon
Sharon

Thank you so much for the list of recommended supplements. You are such a valuable resource! I appreciated listening to you today on the Healthy Heart Summit. I always learn something new!

Peggy Lian
Peggy Lian

Why and under what condition would it require to use vitamin C to negate amino acid supplementing?

Renee
Renee

Hi Trudy! I have just begun treatment for pyroluria and wondered if any of your patient’s have had Significant dizzyness along with anxiety and panic attacks? My naturopath prescribed lithium to address my light-headed symptoms and it has helped a bit. The dizzyness intensifies with the anxiety.

Is this something you have seen in your patients? If so does it require any special treatment beyond your recommendations for pyroluria supplements?

Thanks so much. Renee

Gisele
Gisele
Hi Trudy! I tested myself for pyroluria by a lab and got 86 as a result, which is very high. I was advised by my doctor to take in the morning: 500 mg of vitamin B6, 100 mg P5P, 1000 mg of Vitamin C, 1000 mcg of biotin and 500 mg of omega 6. Evening: 1000 mg of Vitamin C, 500mg/250mg Calcium/magnesium and 100 mg of zinc picolinate. When I took the supplements in the evening I suddenly felt pain on my arms with a slight tingling in my veins. I took out all the supplements and brought them back… Read more »
Kaylyn
Kaylyn

Is there an issue with the corn (being GMO found) in the melatonin 1mg sublingual by Douglas labs? Do you have another brand to to recommend or is this the melatonin you’ve found to work best like the tryptophan lidtke brand?

Cindy
Cindy

Addendum: I am addicted to coffee – big problem for me! I try to cut down and drink decaff but that just doesn’t seem to do it. I know I should quit coffee….. ugh!

Cindy
Cindy
I posted this earlier but it seems to have disappeared. I did add an addendum on coffee above, as well. I have about 19 of the symptoms on the pyroluria questionnaire. I say 19 because those are the only ones I am sure of. I don’t really recall in childhood whether I had the shyness or not, but very possibly. I have not done the zinc challenge yet. I used to have bizarre dreams and nightmares often but not so much since I have changed my diet drastically and began taking OptiZinc. I have just begun Designs for Health multi.… Read more »
Sharon
Sharon

You recommended 2mg of inositol and 500 mg tryptophan for obsessive thinking. Should they be taken together between meals or bedtime or both?

Renee
Renee
Hi Trudy Thanks for your generosity in answering questions. In the book you say to take 240mg of GLA — wouldn’t that be 2600mg EPO? I have been doing 2600mg of the EPO but am wondering if I should have started with 1300 like you mention above? Secondly I was wondering about B6 and dreams: I am dreaming now every night which is a giant change. They are sometimes still on the anxious/scary side — does this mean I need to increase B6 or just give it more time? I have been on 500mg for about a month. Thanks again!
Cindy
Cindy

What do you think of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)by Source Naturals – “Serene Science GABA Calm Mind” – in the powder form? This way a person could start off with a pixie dust amount because suggested use is 1/4 tsp. Thank you so much, Trudy!

Cindy
Cindy

Here is the link:

http://www.sourcenaturals.com/products/GP1397

There are 3 tabs to the left – Capsule, Powder, or Tablet. Click on ‘Powder.’ Then up top, there’s a tab for the price. I have not tried it yet but I will. I also checked Vitamin Shoppe online and they sell it there as well. I have a local Vitamin Shoppe here so I plan to get it there and will try it and when I have, I will post here on how it worked or did not work for me.

Amy C.
Amy C.

Hi Trudy! You mention 5-HTP can raise cortisol. I have Adrenal fatigue and I suspect low serotonin. My 4x/day saliva test shows: high, very low, very low, normal. Could taking 5-HTP be helpful if taken during the day when my cortisol is low? Or do you have any other suggestions?
Thanks so much!

Mary
Mary

In watching the depression sessions one of the speakers spoke about the benefits of Empowerment Plus by True Hope – how does that work with the polyloria and amino acid protocols that I learned in your amazing amino class and book? Can I take all the supplements or just the Empowerment plus?

Thanks

Cindy
Cindy

Yes, on the GABA 1/4 tsp. – agree, way too much. What I meant is that if you could buy it in powder form, you could then just take a little dust of it and see, then another, or whatever, and then measure the amount you need. This would eliminate breaking open a capsule, etc. I would never start out with the recommended dosage. Thanks for taking a look, Trudy!

Rosie
Rosie

Hi Trudy,

You’ve been gracious enough to help my husband and me in the past regarding brands of products you trust. Could you tell me what brand of Kava Root you recommend? I know they vary quite a bit. I didn’t
know if you preferred powders, tablets, etc.

We both thank you!!

Sharon
Sharon

A speaker in one of your Anxiety Summits expressed concern about a link between L tryptophan and quinolic acid. Are there special cautions in using tryptophan?

Renee
Renee

Hi Trudy!

Do you test your patient’s ceruloplasmin levels along with copper and zinc? If so, how does this information inform your treatment of patients? I am just getting started on the pyroluria protocol and my doctor ordered a zinc and copper blood level test. I wondered if ceruloplasmin should also be included to compare bound and unbound copper ratios.

thoughts?

thank you!

Renee

Cindy
Cindy

I found tryptophan in powder form, rather expensive though, but is this the same as from Emerson Ecologics? http://store.lidtke.com/products/l-tryptophan-usp-250grams-powder

Thanks!!

Rosie
Rosie
Hi Trudy! Sorry, but it’s me again. Can you please tell me what the best Vitamin C is as far as addressing adrenal problems? What kind of Vit. C should I look for? As far as “kind”, I mean tablet, powder, ascorbic acid, etc. I read recently that the buffered powder form of Vit. C is often best tolerated, absorbed, and useful, and that bioflavonoids are important. Is that correct, or can you give me a better description of the “kind” of C that I should use? I learned that taking Vit. C as ascorbic acid is often not the… Read more »
tracy
tracy

Do you find that L glutamine works well as a precursor to GABA? I have read that the body will stop producing its own GABA if you continually supplement with GABA instead of glutamine.

Salena
Salena

Hi! I was wondering if I could use GABA Calm for my 7 year old. If so, what dose? Also, I tend to get a lot of my anxiety when I drive, specifically on the highway. What would you recommend? I currently take GABA Calm and it and your guidance have changed my life !
Thank you!

Beebs
Beebs
Hi Trudy, I bought the zinc challenge stuff and flunked the test (it tasted just like water to me). So, after a few days of use I began to notice my tongue is tasting it. Thank you. My problems are low slow mood, lack of motivation, very little anxiety, poor sleep, SUGAR CRAVINGS. Can’t stay on a diet and tend to be depressed. I took 500 mgs. of tryptophan one day and got a headache, so I don’t use it. I am well passed menopause and don’t use hormones. I am the sort that depends on food for a lift.… Read more »
Oksana
Oksana
Trudy, thanks for your generosity in responding to these questions. Where can I purchase the liquid zinc to test myself for deficiency? Also, can you please provide a link to the amino acid questionnaire? I’m tapering off Cymbalta – currently taking one pill every second day, so on the day without I’ll take 5HTP. I have longstanding sleep and motivation issues and OCD. I hyper focus on inappropriate things (addictive) and have lack of focus otherwise. I also have sugar cravings. I scored high for pyroluria. I’m taking the B6 and EPO so now I just need to get the… Read more »
Kelly McGinn
Kelly McGinn
Trudy my grand daughter has high anxiety and hasn’t been able to to make it through more than one or two weeks of school for four years! She is nine years old and also has terrible mood swings. She has threatened to harm herself and has anger problems. Is the optizic okay for children? She is not on any meds. Is pixie dust GAba okay? Or the gaba calm? Please help! We would gladdly come to see you or work on the phone. We are in Las Cruces new Mexico and have no one available. We need to get help… Read more »
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