Question by bigbird: I have bipolar and want to use amino acids can any one tell me which ones to use or look into?
i want to go off drugs and use amino acids i am so sick of being given differemt drugs and they dont work
Answer by feyanni
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Amino Acids and Bipolar Disorder
As it relates to Bipolar Disorder, an overall balance of amino acids is very important. This gives the body a healthy supply of protein which is necessary for normal brain function as well as helping combat depression. In the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, the authors recommend taking, as directed on the label, a free-form amino acid complex twice daily on an empty stomach.
Two in Particular
In considering specific amino acids as supplements for those with Bipolar Disorder, two in particular may be of some help. Tyrosine transmits nerve impulses to the brain, helps overcome depression, improves memory and increases mental alertness among other things. Tyrosine supports the formation of the bulk of neurotransmitters in the body. A reduction in neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine can lead to fatigue and even depression.
Athletic Nutrition.com (link no longer available) pointed out that there are no definitive studies as to an effective dosage for Tyrosine. However, Prescription for Nutritional Healing recommends 500 mg three times a day on an empty stomach. This book also warns that Tyrosine should NOT be taken if you are taking an MAO inhibitor.
Taurine is another which has possibilities for helping with Bipolar Disorder, in that it can reduce hyperactivity and anxiety. Taurine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and therefore functions as a mild sedative. The Natural Health Consultants recommend one 1,000 mg dose a day. AMNI (Advanced Medical Nutrition) [link no longer available] stated that 500 mg up to 3 times a day may be taken. You should be aware that excessive levels can lead to depression and short term memory loss.
In closing, I just want to remind you to consult your doctor before taking any nutritional supplements. The individual amino acids in particular should only be taken under the supervision of a medical professional.
Updated: July 30, 2006
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