Targeted individual amino acids for eliminating anxiety: practical applications
- Glutamine: how it’s calming and helps with blood sugar balancing
- GABA: how it eases physical tension
- Tryptophan: how it eases anxiety in the head/busy ruminations (and when not to use 5-HTP)
- DPA and tyrosine: how they help you quit the comfort-eating and coffee
- Precautions when using individual amino acids
- Factors that make them more effective and factors that make them less effective
Here are some snippets from our interview:
You’ll hear some practitioners say GABA molecules are too large to cross the blood brain barrier so GABA won’t work or if it does work you must have a leaky blood brain barrier
Some practitioners are talking about and using a “test” for leaky brain called the GABA Challenge which recommends taking1000- 2000 mg of GABA at night. If the blood brain barrier is intact, you supposedly won’t feel any effect from the GABA. If you do feel a change (drowsiness /feeling drunk or even jittery) then you will need to repair your leaky blood brain barrier.
I have not used the GABA Challenge and only recently learned about it but I am concerned with the very high dose of 2000mg of GABA. That is a lot of GABA for most people and I would expect severe drowsiness for most people or even a reverse effect. I find 125mg (in GABA Calm) is a good starting dose for my anxious clients.
I have also seen research indicating that GABA’s relaxing effect may be due to peripheral effects rather than the effect on/in the brain
Here are some of the papers about there being GABA-receptors in peripheral tissues (these are older papers and I’d love to see some newer research).
- “GABA and its receptors are found in a wide range of peripheral tissues, including parts of the peripheral nervous system, endocrine, and non-neural tissues such as smooth muscle and the female reproductive system” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2162457)
- “GABA is widely distributed in endocrine tissues including the pituitary, pancreas, adrenal glands, uterus, ovaries, placenta and testis” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16338174)
Here is the research on oral GABA being a natural relaxant for 13 subjects who crossed a suspended bridge as a stressful stimulus
GABA could work effectively as a natural relaxant and its effects could be seen within 1 hour of its administration to induce relaxation and diminish anxiety.
Here is the research on the stress-reducing effect of chocolate enriched with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in humans
the participants performed an arithmetic task and those that were given the GABA choc made a quick recovery to the normal state from the stressful state.
It has been reported that ordinary doses of GABA by oral ingestion do not permeate the blood brain barrier. Therefore, it has been considered that GABA may act on the peripheral nervous system of the digestive organs and not the central nervous system
Meme Grant shared her success story with the amazing amino acids (and the pyroluria protocol) in season 1. She had anxiety, had panic attacks, didn’t enjoy speaking in public, had insomnia and was an emotional eater.
- glutamine allowed her to walk past the gluten and dairy free junk foods
- tyrosine helped her flutterby mind, gave her energy, focus and a desire to do things again
- DPA stopped her comfort eating for too much of the “healthy” sweeteners
- Tryptophan stopped her mind talk, got her sleeping through the night for the first time in 11 years and helped reduce the frequency of her panic attacks
- GABA was the best amino acid and how the panic attacks disappeared
- zinc, vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil helped her pyroluria symptoms
Enjoy the bonus audio of my interview with Meme. You’ll be able to hear first-hand from someone who experienced amazing results.
Here is a video of Nicole trying some glutamine for low blood sugar
Get your gift here: Amino acid mood/anxiety and cravings questionnaire (as PDF) and some changes you can start to make right away, pyroluria questionnaire (as PDF) and some snippets from season 1 (Julia Ross, Kelly Brogan and Dr. Felice Jacka).
If you are not already registered for the Anxiety Summit you can get live access to the speakers of the day here www.theAnxietySummit.com