Amino Acids; Brain Function and Mood
The key brain neurotransmitters are made of amino acids. Far better proteins are plant based proteins that offer organic status and they are quickly absorbed in the body. Meats require significant stomach acid and digestive energy to process and break down to their essential elements.
If you are supplementing with good protein every day, (most people with eating and weight problems are doing neither), your positive mood and freedom from cravings can be maintained. This will allow you to quickly start removing the carb and sugar rich foods. Mood supplements rarely hit the mark due to high cost and the fact that everyone is “wired” differently i.e. the brain is too complex for processed nutrients.
Restoring depleted brain chemistry sounds like a big job—but it isn’t. Three of the four key neurotransmitters are made from just a single amino acid each! Because biochemists isolate these key amino acids and extract them from special yeasts, natural plant sources are now popular considering that purists do not like supplements that are processed and modified from yeast. Researchers have confirmed the effectiveness of amino acid to increase the key neurotransmitters, thereby eliminating depressed mood, stress, and cravings. Here are four amino acids that particularly work to improve energy and mood:
Glutamine: L-glutamine supplements are among the most popular amino acid supplements for many reasons. They are useful for treating fatigue and depression. Glutamic acid, which is derived from glutamine, is essential for ideal brain function. During times of stress, your body uses up mass amounts of glutamine. Glutamine is highly effective at fighting sugar and starch cravings. Glutamine is used to aid muscle recovery when taken before or after exercise. Suggested dosage is 1500mg daily and the 7.2 Shake has a potent 2495mg per serving of pure Glutamic Acid!
Phenylalanine: This is an essential amino acid which cannot be manufactured by the body. Phenylalanine is used to produce tyrosine, and directly affects mood and energy. Phenylalanine is used to treat fatigue, mood disorders, monthly hormonal issues, problems with food cravings, overeating, and chronic pain. Suggested dosing begins at 500 mg, daily, 7.2 Shake has 760mg naturally occurring Phenylalanine per serving.
Tryptophan: This essential amino acid is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is important for providing a feeling of calm and well-being. Tryptophan is quite effective, and acts quickly to help produce optimal levels of serotonin. 7.2 Shake has 130mg per serving.
Tyrosine: This amino acid is a precursor of adrenaline, dopamine and norepinephrine, which are important for maintaining a sense of well-being and energy, and also promote a healthy metabolism and nervous system. Tyrosine also works with iodine to promote thyroid health. Tyrosine is excellent for treating fatigue, low moods, low sex drive and stress. 7.2 Shake has 650mg of Tyrosine per serving.