Category Archives: Amino Acids

Amino Acid Therapy Precautions

Amino Acid Therapy PrecautionsConsult a knowledgeable professional if you:

  • React negatively to supplements
  • Have a serious physical illness, particularly cancer
  • Have severe liver, kidney, or ulcer problems
  • Are pregnant or nursing
  • Have Bipolar or other mental disorders
  • Are taking mood-stabilizing medication

If you have:                                           

  •  Melanoma, PKU, Grave’s Disease  –  be cautious of DLPADPA
  • High blood pressure  –  be cautious of L-tyrosine, DLPA, DPA
  • Very low blood pressure  – be cautious of  L-tyrosine, DLPA, L-phenylalanine
  • Bipolar tendencies  –  be cautious of L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine, DLPA, L-glutamine
  • Asthma, severe depression  –  be cautious of Melatonin
  • A carcinoid tumor  –  be cautious of L-tyrosine, DLPA
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis  – be cautious of DLPA, DPA

Additional Nutrients for Detoxification

For all addictive substances: General multivitamins and minerals, Vitamin C (up to 5,000 mg daily), Omega 3, and a pro-recovery diet are helpful. Amino acids vary with your situation. There are specific amino acid compounds blended to help your brain regenerate in early recovery.

For liver detox: Vitamin C.


Tests help determine whether something physical or chemical is working or not working. There are tests that examine neurotransmitter and amino acid levels, as well as those pertaining to adrenal glands, blood sugar, food allergies, Vitamin D, the liver, pancreas, Pyroluria, and thyroid gland. Consult with a qualified professional.

Orthomolecular Medicine and Psychiatry

Orthomolecular medicine is the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances that are natural to the body. According to this field, Pyroluria is a blood disorder that appears to cause depression and contributes to many addictive, psychiatric, behavioral, and physical conditions. The established medical field currently disputes the concepts behind orthomolecular medicine.

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Nutrition – Part Two

Amino Acids

Using Amino Acids

(Check with your physician first)

Time of Day: Follow suggested directions

Dosage: Start with the lowest recommended dose (or half dose) and wait 30 minutes for any potential allergic reaction, often only a headache. If no reaction occurs, continue. Take as directed on the bottle, even though some people say they experience relief of their symptoms by raising their dosage with no negative side effects. The absorption of amino acids can be somewhat improved if you hold the powder under your tongue. There appears to be only one consistent side effect of taking too much of an amino acid: Reverse Syndrome.

Reverse Syndrome: The symptoms you are trying to eliminate can return if you take a larger amount of amino acids than your brain needs or if you take them for longer than is needed. Allergic responses are unusual and might be eliminated by powdered Vitamin C.

Response Time: The body usually responds to amino acids within 15 minutes. Some blends may take a few hours. The directions on the label may state that it can take a few days.

Best Results: Take quality vitamin and mineral supplements and higher doses of Vitamin C. Ask your physician for general nutrient testing.

Amino Repair Period: A 3 to 12 month period is usually required for amino acids to fully positively affect your brain, after which you won’t need regular supplements unless your life becomes difficult.

Duration: Take a supplement for three months then stop taking it and see how you feel. If your symptoms return, continue to use it. If you feel better, stop and see what happens.

Amino Acid IV

Amino Acid Intravenous Drip: In some cases, an amino acid IV drip is a highly effective detoxification method for all drugs, even opiates like methadone and Suboxone. It can be performed at an out-clinic, but medically difficult cases need to be inpatient. It’s not widely available in the US, but availability is increasing.

Evaluation: Most of the time, your experience is enough to know the effect of what you are taking. If you don’t get good results from amino acid supplements or if you have an allergic reaction, testing is the best approach. The only reliable test for neurotransmitters is examination of blood platelets (BP). Also consider testing for heavy metals and other substances.

Experiential Feedback: If you aren’t sure of the results you’re getting, relax and pay attention to what you’re feeling: maybe you’re feeling relaxation, stimulation, or the relief of pain, or a negative mood or anxiety.

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Nutrition – Part One

Good Nutrition for Your Recovery


Everyone’s body, and especially the brain, needs the proper nutrients in the correct amount to work well. Neurotransmitters in the brain require specific nutrients to work effectively so information can be transferred from one brain cell or neuron to another. The most important food is protein, which is made up of amino acids.

If your brain doesn’t have the amino acids it needs, you may be more vulnerable to addictive substances that mimic those amino acids. Mimicking in neurotransmitter sites promotes addictive responses in your brain. Taking enough amino acids is necessary if you want your brain and body to work right and to be less susceptible to addiction and mental health issues.

Your brain also needs many other nutrients to function properly. For example, the brain is two-thirds fatty acids and cholesterol, so you need to provide those nutrients for it to work at its best. Feed your brain and you’ll have one less roadblock in recovery.

Note: Amino acid research started in the 1970s. Research in the mid 1980s showed that amino acid supplements increased the success rate of drug addicts in recovery. Yet, most recovery programs don’t know about the body’s amino acid requirements or use them in their recovery process. You may have to inform your treatment program of this essential resource for successful recovery.


Neurotransmitters and Their Effects

Amino acids are the building blocks of neurotransmitters. The following outlines the four vital neurotransmitters and their roles, including:

  • The amino acids that affect them
  • The symptoms of deficient amino acids
  • The drugs and activities that are desired for a higher level of brain function
  1. Endorphins: The natural pain reliever
    • DPA (D-phenylalanine) or DLPA (DL-phenylalanine – L form also stimulates) are used for the symptoms:
      • Physical or emotional pain, including flooding
  1. GABA: The natural relaxer
    • GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) is used for the symptoms:
      • Anxiety, sleep problems, stress, or tension
  1. Catecholamine: The natural stimulators
    • L-tyrosine is used for the symptoms:
      • Apathy, depression, low energy, poor concentration
      • Lack of focus or motivation
      • Being irritable or stressed
      • Desire for stimulating or risky sports and activities like gambling and unsafe sex
  1. Serotonin: The natural mood elevator
    • 5-HTP or tryptophan are used for the symptoms:
      • Anxiety, depression, negativity, worry, or stress

Blood sugar balance is also a vital issue in addiction recovery because imbalance causes cravings. It can be helped with the amino acid L-glutamine.

  1. L-glutamine: Natural blood sugar stabilizer
    • Hypoglycemic condition:
    • Blood sugar instability is balanced with L-glutamine
    • The symptoms are:
      • Blood sugar highs and lows
      • Processed sugars and carbohydrates, caffeine, and nicotine influence blood sugar instability
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