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Exploring the Role of Amino Acids in Brain Wellness

In the 1990s, my own journey to deepen my work in balancing the central nervous system led me to go beyond traditional physical medicine and spinal alignment therapy, to include amino acid therapy.  It is well documented that amino acids rule the brain and nervous system and are the precursors to approximately fifty neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers of the brain.  According to Dr. Robert Erdmann’s book, The Amino Revolution, the complete amino acid blend is a potent wellness ally providing many benefits, starting with the  ultimate first aid intervention, the protection of the body from physical and emotional shock, promote an overall sense of well-being, and  includes overall strengthening of the immune system, and protecting life and longevity.

In 2003, after reading Dr. Erdmann’s groundbreaking book, bells went off in my head that there was a missing link for a full-spectrum amino acid formula in the marketplace. Today, researchers from around the world are discovering that the results of balancing the amino acids are profound, affecting the brain, the glands and every cell in the body. A full-spectrum formula can have an enormous effect on our generation’s daily stresses including emotional stress, stress, our toxic environment, and poor diet. And, as micronutrient research suggests, we are only beginning to unravel the full ramifications.  What follows is a quick “road map” to amino acids and brain wellness.


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  • The Building Blocks of Protein
  • Essential/Nonessential
  • Semi-Essential

Amino acids are the molecular building blocks of protein.  There are a total of twenty-two amino acids that fuel the body’s metabolism, produce enzymes, hormones, immune function and more. Amino acids rule the brain and are the precursors to over 50 neurotransmitters.  Amino acids build protein molecules required by the body to repair, renew and grow.  By far the majority of protein in our body is stored in the bones, skin and cartilage.  According to one accepted classification, 10 of these amino acids are termed Essential Amino Acids meaning that they must be supplied from some food or supplement source. Essential Amino Acids: isoleucine, leucine, valine, histidine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine Non-Essential Amino Acids: alanine, arginine, cysteine, glutamine, taurine, aspartic acid, cystine, glutatic acid, glycine, ornithine, proline, serine. It is recognized that even some of the non-essential amino acids become essential in times of increased physical or emotional stress, illness or imbalance.   These types are classified as Semi-Essential Amino Acids.


Why nature designed essential and non -essential amino acids is not fully understood by scientists, and even current literature blurs the definitions.  Here are a few quotes from my 2008 Micronutrients-The Next Evolution lecture series, “Amino acid structures are established”;  “Nature protects its own, quite often through diversification“, “Amino acids not only function on a linear basis in the body, but also function in a holographic system, offering unlimited possibilities for the body to secure “homeostasis” and what I call “The Steady State””; “Amino acids are a source of natural intelligence and are compliant with specific laws of the universe.” “The answer to why nature produced essential and non essential amino acids is consistent with the multi functioning capacities of amino acids themselves.  It also validates why we need to be diversified and well balanced in our food selections. There appears to be a built -in survival mechanism for nature itself.”  “The multi functioning potentials of amino acids from their role as being anabolic (building) and catabolic (tearing down), glycogenic forming, buffering acting, enzyme producing, antibody building, sulfur acting, methylation capacities, and more, , demonstrates these bio chemical intelligent units of matter as unique, evolutionary, and primary for life itself.”

Combined in different ways there are hundreds of amino acid intermediates performing tasks throughout your body which are commonly known as metabolic pathways.  (aren’t the pathways the routes, and the tasks are the reactions themselves?)These metabolic pathways are multiple and are essential for maintaining a healthy body.  Some other important roles of the amino acids beyond production of enzymes, metabolism, immune system responses, and synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain (which stabilize your mood) are: muscle growth, tissue repair, and red blood cell production in the bone marrow.



Free formed amino acids are pharmaceutical grade, crystalline powder blends manufactured for supplemental use.  There are many types of free formed amino acid formulas on the market and the buyer must beware.  Some “free form” amino acid products are reduced from a protein source (often milk) and may only have small amounts of free form amino acids added to them. This represents a misleading but inexpensive source, as the person often thinks they are buying a blend of individual free form amino acids.  Frequently people have allergies to the protein source used.  High quality free formed blends contain only free form crystalline amino acids.  Whenever taking amino acid formulas, an adequate supply of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids should be made available to provide the full spectrum of micronutrients.

Amino acids are the precursors to over 15,000 enzymes constructed in the pancreas, the source of digestive enzymes. Thus, alack of amino acids can be followed by an inability to produce the digestive enzymes necessary to break down protein into its component amino acids. Since your body needs amino acids in order to derive amino acids from the food you eat a deficiency can lead to a cycle of poor nutrition because. The value of taking a complete free formed amino acid nutritional formula is to assure all the metabolic pathways are nourished and fortified.  This is a vital requirement to maintain whole body health.


Micronutrient treatments are highly effective when used as a broad spectrum therapy.

Smith Law: To treat the whole person you must treat with the whole spectrum.

Supplementation of full spectrum amino acids increases the concentration of free amino acids resulting in enhanced neurotransmitter production, reduced inflammation and increased anti oxidant levels for cellular health. Satiated metabolic pathways then reduce stress on the entire system.

Part Two will be published in February 2010.