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Individual Amino Acids and/or the Complete Blend of Amino Acids

A question Dr Dan often hears is, “what is the difference between taking single doses of amino acids versus taking a complete blend?” Certain individual amino acids can be successful in treating very specific symptoms. For example, the amino acid Taurine can be critical in the prevention of seizures. Studies have shown that Taurine provides aid for defects in nerve blood flow, motor nerve conductivity velocity and nerve sensory thresholds.

Certainly, when dealing with certain chronic and acute conditions in his private practice, Dr Dan may combine single, high doses of amino acids with other micronutrients to establish immediate reduction in symptoms. However, he has found that leaning toward integration of a complete blend into a patient’s diet offers, in most cases, a successful outcome to the widest array of symptoms and patients. Oftentimes illness causes a chain reaction of deficiencies where one symptom can be addressed with an individual amino acid, but the stress of the illness itself on the overall system may need a complete blend of amino acids to assist in the necessary repairs towards optimal health.

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Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Our mental and emotional wellbeing is another vital area where amino acids are required for proper functioning. Communication within the brain and the nervous system occur through chemical “languages”.  These “languages” utilize neurotransmitters to transmit messages from one neuron or nerve cell, to a specific organ such as a muscle or gland. Neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that influence numerous physical and behavioral processes, including cognitive and mental performance, emotional states, and pain response.

What all that means is that every system in your body requires amino acids to function properly, from your bones and organs to your digestive tract to your brain and nervous system and even your emotional wellbeing. The amazing amino acids are some very powerful little nutrients!

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Pregnant and Nursing Women Taking Amino Acids

Total Amino Solutiontm provides predigested amino acids in a complete blend to support every need of the brain and body for primary protein constituents.  This supplement has received positive feedback from pregnant and nursing women who experience anxiety and/or depression.  This is especially useful because pregnant and nursing women should not be taking individual amino acid supplements. (As with any changes to your dietary or supplement intake, please consult with your Obstetrician before taking Total Amino Solutiontm.)

Total Amino Solutiontm also benefits

  • Vegans, vegetarians, and anyone with a lower protein diet
  • Pre and post-surgery patients to combat rapid muscle loss
  • Persons in recovery from digestive-compromising conditions like alcoholism and anorexia

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What Are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are the essential building blocks of protein and for the basis of life itself. They are the raw materials for the growth and reproduction of every cell in the body and are present throughout the body. Amino acids are the materials that build the neurotransmitters in your brain, digestive enzymes and the enzymes that work in all metabolic pathways, the immune system and even stem cells. Every bone, organ, muscle, and almost all hormones are made from the combinations of amino acids with the help of vitamins, minerals and other cofactors.

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Wound Healing & Amino Acids

The immune system plays a role in the early stages of wound healing.  It is responsible for preparing damaged tissue for repair and promoting the recruitment of certain cells to the wound area. Consistent with the fact that stress alters the production of cytokines, it has been discovered that the chronic stress associated with caregiving for a person with Alzheimer’s disease leads to delayed wound healing.  The research results indicate that biopsy wounds healed 25% more slowly in the chronically stressed group and in those caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, than in the unstressed control group.

Other risk factors for delayed wound healing include:

•  Arthritis

• Chronic liver disease

• Diabetes

• Excess alcohol intake

• Impaired self-caring

• Inadequate nutrition

• Inflammatory disease

• Older age (over 65 years)

• Poor circulation

• Poor cognition/cognitive dysfunction

• Smoking

• Vascular disease

• Weakened immune system

 

Opposing these risk factors, amino acids and other micronutrients are well documented for aiding in wound healing.  How?  Wound healing requires the body to replace injured tissue with new tissue, which requires increased consumption of nutrients, particularly protein and calories.  Improved nutritional status enables the body to heal wounds faster, and accelerated wound healing has actually been observed with nutritional supplementation. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein; you cannot rebuild tissue without them.  Following are some of the ways free-form amino acids aid in wound healing:

  • Nutrition profoundly influences the process of wound healing. Nutritional depletion exerts an inhibitory effect, and nutritional supplementation with such positive effectors as the amino acid arginine, can stimulate wound healing.  The use of amino acid supplements glutamine and arginine enhances wound healing and should be increased.
  • Nutritional care is cost-effective.
  • “Arginine … is involved with protein synthesis … with cell signaling through the production of nitric oxide and cell proliferation through its metabolism to the amino acid ornithine and the other polyamines.  Because of these multiple functions, arginine is an essential substrate for wound healing processes.  The requirement for this amino acid in tissue repair is highlighted.”

If you have a stubborn lesion, a burn or an ulcer, you may want to take free-form amino acid supplements for four to six weeks and note if this helps to speed the wound healing process.  However, always discuss any changes in your recovery process/approach with your health care professional.

You can learn more by reading Dr. Dan’s new book, Recharge Your Body & Mind with Amazing Amino Acids

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Chronic Emotional And Physical Pain

With an understanding that the body can heal itself when the right nutrients are available, we can then appreciate the importance of supplying all of the amino acids required to build certain chemicals the body needs to heal.  Concerning chronic emotional and/or physical pain, which many of us deal with, we need to look to the body’s natural pain reducing chemicals: the endorphins.  Endorphins require over 15 amino acids as precursors to synthesize.  Herein lies the beauty behind a complete blend of amino acids; it has all 22 amino acids in a well-balanced formula.

Endorphins are our body’s natural morphine.  When someone is very ill or has had a serious injury or surgery, doctors will often prescribe morphine as a saving grace to relieve acute pain.  However, morphine is a poor long-term solution because it creates many other problems.  The body naturally makes endorphins to manage pain whereas morphine only simulates them.

In life, we may have to deal with long-term emotional and/or physical pain for a variety of reasons.  Initially, when you have an injury or an emotional trauma, your body will supply you with plenty of endorphins to assist in reducing the degree of pain you experience.  The problem is, if the pain continues week after week, month after month, and year after year, your body’s endorphin supplies can easily become depleted.  What’s more, it is very difficult to get enough amino acids in your daily dietary intake to maintain the level of endorphins needed to deal with chronic emotional and/or physical pain.

Here again is the beauty of a complete blend; it makes it easy to refuel your body with ample amino acids needed to increase your endorphins, your body’s natural morphine supply.

Additionally, you may want to add to your supplement intake 500 to 1000 mg of the individual amino acid, dl-phenylalanine (DLPA).  DLPA works as a booster to endorphin levels because d-phenylalanine appears to suppress the rate of endorphin breakdown.

Read Recharge Your Body & Mind with Amazing Amino Acids, by Dr. Dan for more information!

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Amino Acids are Required for Healing

The human body was designed with a natural capacity to heal.  But, first it must obtain the essential nutrients required for healing from food and supplements.  The opposite is true as well: when our bodies do not have all the nutrients required to heal, the healing process is slowed or halted.

In relation to amino acids, this concept can mean several things:

1.   A hidden amino acid deficiency can lead to multiple physical and emotional difficulties as well as a variety of other symptoms.

2.   A complete amino acid blend like Total Amino Solution™ can easily and safely alleviate hidden amino acid deficiencies.

3.   Symptoms of amino acid deficiencies are rapidly reduced or cleared utilizing a complete blend.

For more information read Recharge Your Body & Mind with Amazing Amino Acids

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Depression and Amino Acid Deficiency

To understand how amino acid deficiency exacerbates depression, it is important to understand how the brain affects our emotional and mental health.  The primary neurotransmitters that maintain healthy brain functions are serotonin, GABA, dopamine and norepinephrine.  Kept in balance, these neurotransmitters aid mood, sleep and anxiety.

Serotonin and GABA have a calming and inhibitory effect on the brain and on your mood, whereas dopamine and norepinephrine have a stimulating and excitatory effect on the brain and on your mood.  The balance of these four neurotransmitters is critical to experiencing life with passion, energy, focus, and zest.  One way to assist that important balance is with Total Amino Solution.

From Dr. Dan’s book, Recharge Your Body & Mind with Amazing Amino Acids

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Do You Need Amino Acid Supplements?

According to the leading experts (specialists using amino acids as a therapy), there are individuals who require broad- spectrum amino acid supplementation more than others.

They are:

  • Those on or who have been on prescription medications
  • Those recovering from surgery
  • Those who have any gastrointestinal disorders
  • Those with a family history of degenerative diseases (i.e., heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer)
  • Those with any genetic or enzymatic deficits that interfere with normal protein synthesis and metabolism

However, there are other health problems also associated with deficiencies and unbalanced amino acids.  Many things including strenuous exercise, aging, drug use, certain medications, infections, vitamin B or C deficiency, or even a lack of varied protein sources can cause an imbalance in amino acids in the body.  Taking the quiz on the following page may help you determine if you are also a good candidate for amino acid supplementation.

Amino Acid Health Quiz

  1. Do you experience fatigue upon arising in the morning?
  2. Do you experience chronic emotional and/or physical pain?
  3. Do you experience hypoglycemia symptoms?
  4. Do you experience moodiness?
  5. Do you experience ADD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, sleeplessness, or fibromyalgia?
  6. Do you have any chemical addictions?
  7. Are you recovering from an injury?
  8. Do you have a difficult time consuming enough protein at three meals per day?
  9. Do you have food or other allergies or eating disorders?
  10. Are you interested in supplements for well-being and anti-aging?
  11. Are you a sports enthusiast/body builder?
  12. Do you need additional support in your body’s detoxification process due to environmental chemicals?
  13. Have you had an illness and/or stress that have strained your body’s resources?
  14. Would like to strengthen your body’s overall vitality?

How did you do?  The odds are that you not only answered yes once, but possibly several times.  Is it really that easy to determine your need for amino acid supplementation?  Yes!  Each of the chapters in this book is designed to assist you in discovering for yourself how your body and your quality of life will benefit from the guided use of amino acid supplementation.

Excerpted from Dr. Dan’s book, Recharge Your Body & Mind with Amazing Amino Acids

 

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STRESS AND TOTAL AMINO SOLUTION™

In most cases, what we see with chronic stress is chronic emotional and/or physical pain.  In chronic stress conditions the stress will ultimately use up the endorphins.  You will need to rebuild your endorphin supply, which is made up of amino acids. The endorphins are your body’s natural morphine. By taking Total Amino Solution™, you are assisting to refuel your depleted endorphins, as well as your overall immune health.

From Dr. Dan’s book, Recharge Your Body & Mind with Amazing Amino Acids