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Jul 14th, 2011

Stress – Part 9

Relay Race (cont.)

The starting gun is fired when the parent amino acid, phenylalanine, reacts with an enzyme called phenylalanine-4-monooxygenase. This produces the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine in acted upon in turn by the enzyme tyrosine-hydroxylase and becomes L-dopa, another amino acid. At this stage, vitamin B6 and phosphorus, acting together as cofactors, convert the L-dopa into the catecholamine neurotransmitter dopamine. The complex nature of the whole process is reinforced when you realize that this reaction also requires the presence of adequate magnesium. The nest state is the production of noradrenalin from dopamine. This can occur only when dopamine reacts with vitamin C and copper. Finally, to convert noradrenalin into adrenalin, your body needs the activated form of methionine, s-adenosyl-methoionine.

What does all this mean? That when you’re taking nutrients as a biological support mechanism – either for general health or a specific healing process – it is vitally important to focus on the entire family of nutrients, rather than expecting results from just one or two. If even a single nutrient is in low supply on the stress pathway, the biochemical relay will become sluggish, and the body will suffer by receiving inadequate amounts of adrenalin.

(Continued tomorrow…)

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