The Therapeutic Role of Amino Acids
The building blocks of protein, amino acids can affect various central nervous system-controlled mechanisms such as pain threshold, mood, and sleep patterns. Low tyrosine or
phenylalanine, for example, can result in abnormal levels of mood regulating chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine and catecholamines. Low tyrosine can also create subnormal levels of thyroid hormone--a well-known cause of depression. This may be why pre-treatment with supplemental tyrosine appears to prevent the behavioral depression observed following an acute stress.
Data and statistics have made it clear that amino acids are not only the building
blocks of life; they are also the stepping stones to recovery from illness. Why are Amino Acids Called the "Building Blocks of Life?"
ThyroidThe various forms
of thyroid hormone are all made of amino acids. The thyroid gland is our "energy burner" and helps us maintain a normal metabolic rate. Too little thyroid hormone and we become exhausted, dull-witted, depressed, and sluggish. The fuel that thyroid hormone burns is glucose, whose levels are maintained by the hormone insulin, which is made by the pancreas. PancreasInsulin is one of the main hormones made by the pancreas, and is made up of a long chain of amino acids. Insulin is essential for maintaining normal levels of blood sugar. Problems with insulin can lead either to hypoglycemia or diabetes.
AdrenalThe adrenal gland makes a host of hormones among which adrenaline is one of the most important (Adrenaline is made from the amino acid, tryosine). Adrenaline is essential for the fight-or-flight reaction. We need adrenaline in times of real danger. Those of use who are chronically stressed have adrenals that
are "burning out". That's because each episode of stress is handled by the adrenals as if our lives were in danger. One of the important functions of adrenaline is that it "tells" the liver to break down glycogen, our glucose store, so that our body has an immediate rush of energy. Pituitary
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a major contributor to longevity, energy, vitality, muscle strength and endurance. HGH is a long chain of amino acids. Sex HormonesThe sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are amino acid based. Thus far, you know that amino acids are crucial to the nervous system and endocrine system. We can correct many abnormalities in these two systems by replacing deficient amino acids.
- Account for 75% of dry body weight. (Vitamins and minerals account for only 1.5 % of dry body weight).
- Make up all neurotransmitters except for one.
- 100% of hormones are made up of amino acids.
DNA and RNA, our genetic material, require amino acids.
- Protein IS amino acids.
- Influence every system in the human body and every endocrine gland. A few examples of amino acid dynamics within endocrine functions are:
Specific Essential Amino Acid Functions
- They prevent aging and degenerative disease through their anti-oxidant functions.
- They keep the gastro-intestinal tract working.
- Critical to immune system function and thus help us fight viruses, bacteria, parasites, yeast and cancer.
The sulfur-containing amino acids help detoxify heavy metals within our bodies.
- Muscles are built and repaired by amino acids, such as valine, leucine, and isoleucine.
- Connective tissue, including ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and joint surfaces, are made of amino acids, especially L-Proline and L-Lysine.
Heart muscle is dependent on amino acids, as is heart rate and rhythm.
- The nervous system relies heavily on amino acids to serve as neurotransmitters, the molecules that carry information from one neuron to another.
- They regulate blood sugar levels, and therefore, energy.
- The amino acids cysteine and methionine fight allergies.
The amino acid taurine prevents epileptic seizures.
- Growth hormone requires the amino acids ornithine and arginine. This is vitally important as growth hormone keeps us young, strong, and fit.
- The amino acid glycine is required for wound healing.
- L-Carnitine is a "heart tonic."
- Histidine fights arthritis.
- Histidine increases libido.
- Lysine helps fights viruses and is essential for bone growth.
- In times of serious health crises, such as wasting from cancer, amino acids help rebuild muscles, improves the immune system, and can help restore vitality.
- Obesity and weight in general, can be fought with tryptophan.
D-L Phenylalanine helps relieve pain.
- Threonine helps prevent buildup of fat in the liver.
These are the facts. Most of all, we have found that amino acids work. They help alleviate symptoms, cure disease, and help us live longer and healthier. But remember to take Factor Seven: Digestin for the proper breakdown and assimilation of all nutrients.