Promote healthy Throat Chakra!!

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The Throat Chakra, or Vishuddhais about speaking one’s truth Obviously, Vishuddhais located at the base of our neck, and affects the proper functioning of our vocal cords and our thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is associated with hormone production that is key to physical growth and maturation. Spiritually, that growth is that of our consciousness and wisdom. The Throat Chakra incites us to live ideally, be surrounded by beauty, expressiveness, through our self-expression and ability to make our feeling and emotions our reality. It is the center of our capacity to community.

To maintain the health of your throat chakra, always be open, receptive, and humble. Having an open throat chakra is not just our ability to express ourselves but to listen to the truths others seek to share with us. For example, an overactive throat chakra might be obvious in our desire to control the consciousness of other peoples lives. A deficient throat chakra is evident if you are overly egotistic or prejudiced, or if you perceive the world as hostile, expecting to be humiliated, used, or judged by others rather than loved and nourished.

Affirmations for the Throat Chakra:

Ways to eat to promote healthy Throat Chakra!!

*Chew food: In the age of fast living, we are doing everything fast, including eating. If we are eating on the run, we may tend to shortcut our eating by gulping and swallowing rather than chewing and assimilating. If we are not chewing our food thoroughly, chances are we won’t be able to digest, absorb, and ultimately, assimilate it into our body. Thus, chewing serves an important function. It is also essential that we put our awareness into eating so we get the most from the experience and do not feel like overeating – chewing slowly helps us to accomplish this. Eating with consciousness keeps us in the moment and allows us to savor the flavor and joy of foods!

*Eat high-quality foods for your highest self: Every day we are bombarded with food choices – how do we know what is best for us? Nutritionists seem to tell us one thing one day and another thing the next. How do we know how to choose foods? The throat chakra is about choice, decisions, and options – but not just any – the throat chakra, being a higher, resonating chakra than some of the other lower chakras, is calling us to make the best choice for ourselves and our planet. Eat foods that serve your body, mind, and spirit, and that serve the realm of nature – the animals, plants, and water. If we are eating meat from chickens kept in unhealthy, stressful conditions, we may take on the ‘energy’ of those chickens – frenetic, chaotic, stressful. If we are eating foods that were grown using natural elements instead of synthetic, such as organically grown foods, we are taking in healthy, higher-vibratory signals for our soul.

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*Broaden your food horizon: When we cave into food ruts, we let go of our ability to choose and experience. The throat chakra encourages us to be expansive like the overarching sky – to look wider and broader, to explore and discover. One of the ways we can do this is by eating ethnic foods – foods we may not normally eat, whether Thai, Indian, Middle-Eastern, European, or Ethiopian, to name a few. See what happens when you introduce some variety. It exposes you to an abundance of tradition and culture. It broadens not only your food horizon, but helps you to step out of the box of your everyday living!

*Spark alchemy amongst the food elements: On a spiritual level, the throat chakra is about alchemy – transforming the messages of the heart into the language of voice, words, song, poetry. The throat chakra resonates with the alchemy of food elements – bringing together water and earth, fire and water, fire and earth. By eating foods like soups (earth-water elements fused together through fire), we encourage and honor our connection with the elemental nature of foods and our bodies.

Feeding Your Throat Chakra

Speaking One’s Truth

  • Liquids in general: water, fruit juices, herbal teas
  • Tart or tangy fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, kiwi
  • Other tree growing fruits: apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, etc.
  • Spices: salt, lemon grass
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What to Know About Late Ovulation

Ovulation

Lots of women are in tune with their menstrual cycle schedules. They know when they’re coming just like they would their birthdays. Some of them will experience a more regular scheduler compared to others and will go through ‘late ovulation’. And because this is tied to their period, they will see it more quickly compared to some others.
For the pre-menopausal women their main worry in regard to late ovulation is the possibility of getting pregnant. However, late ovulation can be caused by several things which we will discuss in more detail below.
Breast-feeding:
Breast-feeding can be one of the common causes of late ovulation. This is particularly true during the first six months. It may cause some serious shifts in the woman’s hormones and body. A few mothers who are breast-feeding might experience various ovulation problems at times like these. There are certain women who will not ovulate whatsoever and only experience it during times of breast-feeding.
Hormonal Shifts:
Too Much or Too Little Body Fat – How much body fat women have on their bodies has an impact on their levels of estrogen. Having too little fat or too much of it may cause late ovulation to occur. Too little body fat is most likely to be the culprit than too much. This is due to the fact that for maintaining their levels of estrogen production, a woman’s body might require a specific amount of fat. Having fat levels that are inappropriate may cause other types of health issues as well. It is crucial that these fat levels are controlled and a healthy weight is maintained.
Medications – A lot of prescription medications come with adverse side effects that can really upset the delicate hormonal chemistry in a woman. One of the results could be ‘late ovulation’. Drugs used for cancer treatment are the type that can cause ovulation shifts. Women who take steroid hormone treatments can experience side effects too. Some women who have to take prescribed medications to treat a mental illness such as psychosis or depression can see their hormone levels altered as well.
Hormonal Shifts – Hormonal shifts are quite common and can lead to late ovulation. In order for a normal ovulation cycle to take place, a woman’s body must produce the proper amount of hormones and have them released at the right intervals. Anytime this schedule changes a woman can experience shifts in ovulation. There can be many reasons for these hormone shifts like stress and over-exertion. Whatever cause it the hormonal shifts are many times the exact cause of having late ovulation.
Many women go through times of late ovulation at some time in their lives. It your experience was just once or if you only suffer an occasional occurrence, then there may not be any need for serious concern or health risks. But the experts do recommend that you consult with an experienced OBGYN if late ovulation repeats itself often. A woman can go through life and experience late ovulation and never face anything that is serious. But it is always best to err on the side of caution. Consult a doctor whenever late ovulation causes you to feel concerned.
About the Author
Greg does work for Walnut Hill–an experienced OBGYN and Texas fertility clinic. They practice skilled, compassionate care and offer services to help women in all stages of life. For more helpful information, visit http://walnuthillobgyn.com/our-services/tubal-reversal-in-dallas-texas/

Is Mercury Good or Bad For The Body?

Fish Contaminated with Mercury
Fish Contaminated with Mercury (Photo credit: redjar)

 

What’s Wrong With Mercury?

Substantial levels of mercury in the human body have been proven to cause several adverse results, such as a decline of the central nervous system, memory, major depression and tremors and drastic energy problems. During a root canal or instance, mercury is absorbed equally into the blood stream, connective tissues and the nervous system, generating a disastrous effect. Mercury’s effect on the body over time can constrain the individual cells and respiratory enzymes, and this stops your cells from utilizing oxygen. Mercury can cause heart disease and shut down your immune system in certain cases. There is a solution and its cleansing your body of mercury as soon as you’re ready to.

Mercury detoxification is the procedure of removing toxic mercury out from the entire body. The procedure is in some cases long, typically taking about three months to around six months. There are two common of strategies to remove mercury from the body. The two known methods are: Intravenous and Chelation. The intravenous approach is more pricey and less convenient, as a result the oral method, also known as Chelation is more preferred.

An interesting area of alternative medicine that is advancing rapidly is mercury detox treatment. Mercury is poisonous to mankind. Contrary to what you may have heard about mercury poisoning, You can be exposed to mercury in a number of ways, including the silver fillings in our teeth, ammunition, artificial flowers and wood preservatives. The most common method for eradicating mercury is chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is introducing a binding agent into the body that grabs onto the mercury and causes it to be excreted with the body’s waste products.

Even though the intravenous approach administers compounds straight into the blood stream, oral chelators can be used to minimize mercury amounts in the body. These will generally consist certain types of algae, cilantro, all-natural chelators, well-known for their capacity to collect and bind mercury, along with additional nutritional supplements to aid the body in doing away with mercury.

If you think you have mercury in your body, be certain to verify with an overall health professional on how best to remove the chemical from your body. The moment you eliminate the mercury from your body, you can expect to feel improved brain strength, increased attentiveness, greater vigor too!

Histidine : The essential amino acid that is significant in the growth and repair of tissues.

Histidine is called a semi-essential amino acid (protein building block) because adults generally produce adequate amounts but children may not. Histidine is also a precursor of histamine, a compound released by immune system cells during an allergic reaction.

Histidine is an essential amino acid that is significant in the growth and repair of tissues. Histamine, an important immune system chemical, is derived from histidine. Histamine aids in sexual arousal. Because the availability of histidine influences histamine production, taking supplemental histidine-together with vitamins B3 (niacin) and B6 (pyridoxine), which are required for the transformation from histidine to histamine may help improve sexual functioning and pleasure.

 

 

Histidine is one of the basic (with reference to pH) amino acids due to its aromatic nitrogen-heterocyclic imidazole side chain. This amino acid is biochemically metabolized into the neurotransmitter histamine and the set of genes that produce the enzymes responsible for histidine biosynthesis are controlled by the well-studied histidine operon. The disruption of histidine biosynthesis in bacteria is the basis for the famous Ames test, used to determine the mutagenability of various chemicals. Histidine is incorporated into proteins and enzymes at a molar percentage of 2.1 compared to the other amino acids.

 

 

 

 

Uses and Benefits of Histidine

 

  • Histidine is important for the maintenance of the myelin sheaths, which protect nerve cells, and is needed for the production of both red and white blood cells.
  • In the lungs histamine causes bronchoconstriction to a slight extent in normal person but markedly in asthmatic patients.
  •  Histidine also protects the body from radiation damage, helps lower blood pressure, aids in removing heavy metals from the system, and may help in the prevention of AIDS.
  • Histamine acts directly on the cardiac pacemaker and this causes increase in heart rate. Increase in heart rate also occurs due to reflex response of hypotension.
  • In the gastrointestinal tract histamine causes intense stimulation of gastric hydrochloric acid secretion through H2 receptors
  • Because histamine also stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, histidine may be helpful for people with indigestion resulting from a lack of stomach acid.

Rich Food Sources of Histidine

  • Natural sources of histidine include rice, green vegetables,bananas, wheat, and rye.
  • Animal sources: Meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy products like milk, cheese etc

 

Deficiency Symptoms of Histidine

  • None known, but it is reported that histidine can cause pain in the bony joints.
  • Inadequate levels of histidine may contribute to rheumatoid arthritis and may be associated with nerve deafness.
  • Methionine has the ability to lower histidine levels.

Arginine : This non-essential amino acid is required in muscle metabolism – maintaining the nitrogen balance, and helping with weight control since it facilitates the increase of muscle mass, while reducing body fat.

 

Arginine is a non-essential amino acid and is abundant in protamines and histones – both proteins associated with nucleic acids and was first isolated in 1895 from animal horn. Newborns may produce this amino acid too slowly and for them arginine should be seen as an essential amino acid. Arginine is used by the body to make nitric oxide, a substance that relaxes blood vessels.

 

 

 

Arginine is vital for the production of protein. Only the L form of amino acids are constituents of protein. Arginine crosses the blood-brain barrier, is a precursor for nitric oxide and is a responsible for the secretion of hormones such as growth hormone, glucagon and insulin. Assists in wound healing, helps remove excess ammonia from the body, stimulates immune function, and promotes secretion of several hormones, including glucagon, insulin, and growth hormone.

For example, some, though not all, studies have found that men with low sperm counts experienced an increase in the number of sperm when they supplemented with arginine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Functions of Arginine

  • Arginine is required in muscle metabolism – maintaining the nitrogen balance, and helping with weight control since it facilitates the increase of muscle mass, while reducing body fat. This amino acid can be produced in the body; however, in newborn infants, production may not occur quickly enough to keep up with requirements. It is therefore deemed essential early in life.
  • Arginine retards the growth of tumors and cancer by enhancing immune function. It increases the size and activity of the thymus gland, which manufactures T lymphocytes (T cells), crucial components of the immune system. Arginine may therefore benefit those suffering from AIDS and malignant diseases that suppress the immune system.
  • It is essential in the good health of skin, liver, muscle and liver.
  •  It is also good for liver disorders such as cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver; it aids in liver detoxification by neutralizing ammonia.
  • It is also involved in a variety of enzymes and hormones. It aids in stimulating the pancreas to release insulin, is a component of the pituitary hormone vasopressin, and assists in the release of growth hormones. Because arginine is a component of collagen and aids in building new bone and tendon cells.
  • Ornithine: Arginine takes part in the urea cycle and results in formation of urea and ornithine on hydrolysis. Ornithine not only plays role in urea cycle but also has a role in the formation of polyamine.
  • Creatine: Arginine also contributes in the formation of creatine which is very important for the muscles as it increases muscle mass and their strength.
  • Glutamic acid: This amino acid being glucogenic results in formation of creatine.
  • Nitric Oxide:  Arginine also gives rise to nitric oxide along with citrulline in the presence of enzyme nitric oxide synthase. This nitric oxide plays very important physiological role. It causes relaxation of the smooth muscles of blood vessels and therefore causes vasodilation. Nitric oxide also inhibits platelet aggregation.
  • Studies have shown that it also reduces nitrogen losses in people who have undergone surgery, and improves the function of cells in lymphatic tissue. This amino acid aids in weight loss because it facilitates an increase in muscle mass and a reduction of body fat.
Rich Food Sources of Arginine
  • Animal source: turkey, chicken, meat, milk, cottage, yogurt, cheese, pork, beef and in variety of sea foods.
  • Plant source: Granola, wheat, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seed, cashews, almond, walnut, flour, popcorn, brown rice, etc.
  • It is found in chocolate as well. In our body it is present abundantly in histones and protamines.

Deficiency Symptoms of Arginine

A variety of functions, including insulin production, glucose tolerance, and liver lipid metabolism, are impaired if the body is deficient in arginine.

Lysine : The essential amino acid that is a basic building block of all protein.

Lysine is an essential amino acid, and so cannot be manufactured in the body. It is therefore vital that adequate amounts be included in the diet. Lysine is an essential amino acid and is a basic building block of all protein. This nutrient was first isolated in 1889 from casein. Lysine has a net positive charge at physiological pH values, making it one of the three basic (with respect to charge) amino acids. This polar amino acid is commonly found on the surfaces of proteins and enzymes, and sometimes appears in the active site. Lysine is incorporated into proteins at the rate of 7 percent on a molar basis compared to the other amino acids.

It is needed for proper growth and bone development in children; it helps calcium absorption and maintains a proper nitrogen balance in adults. This amino acid aids in the production of antibodies, hormones, and enzymes, and helps in collagen formation and tissue repair. Because it helps to build muscle protein,

Since it helps with the building of muscle protein, it is useful for patients recovering from injuries and recovery after operations, and there might be use in lysine to help maintain healthy blood vessels. It also seems to assist in fighting herpes and cold sores.

Uses and Benefits of Lysine

  • If people are not taking proper diet or diet less of lysine , there are possibilities that they can face such problems as hair loss, inability to concentrate well, bloodshot eyes, growth retardation, problems in reproductive systems, irritability, weight loss and all the time feeling of fatigue and lethargy.
  • Some nutritionally oriented physicians and dentists recommend taking lysine during an outbreak of canker sores to speed healing.
  • The most promising application of lysine is its use in managing and preventing painful and unsightly herpes sores caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
  • It is also utilized in our body for producing antibodies, enzymes, hormones and collagen. It also plays role in wound heeling and repair. It maintains the nitrogen balance in the body. It increases the muscle mass and is therefore good food for those who are recovering from some injuries or from any surgery. It maintains the health of blood vessels.
  • It is required for growth and bone development in children, assists in calcium absorption and maintaining the correct nitrogen balance in the body and maintaining lean body mass. Furthermore it is needed to produce antibodies, hormones, enzymes, collagen formation as well as repair of tissue.
  • Taking supplemental L-lysine, together with vitamin C with bioflavonoids, can effectively fight or prevent herpes outbreaks, especially if foods containing the amino acid arginine are avoided.
  • Supplemental L-lysine also may decrease acute alcohol intoxication.

Deficiency Symptoms of Lysine

Deficiencies can result in anemia, bloodshot eyes, enzyme disorders, hair loss, an inability to concentrate, irritability, lack of energy, poor appetite, reproductive disorders, retarded growth, and weight loss

Rich Food Sources of Lysine

  • Animal Source: The animal sources of lysine are chicken, beef, milk, catfish, eggs, cheese etc.
  • Plant sources: Some of the plant sources are pulses, chickpea, kidney beans, yeasts, lentils, soybeans, potatoes, navy beans etc

Glutamic Acid : The amino acid that functions mainly include building muscle and supporting brain function.

Glutamic acid is an amino acid with acidic side chain and negative charge at neutral pH. It is non essential amino acid as it is synthesized  from a number of amino acids including ornithine and arginine. It helps with the transportation of potassium across the blood-brain barrier, although itself does not pass this barrier that easily.  Glutamic acid (glutamate) is an amino acid used by the body to build proteins. Under normal circumstances, humans are able to meet bodily glutamate requirements either from the diet or by making it from precursor molecules. Glutamate is the most common excitatory (stimulating) neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Although glutamine and glutamic acid have similar names, they are structurally different.

Glutamic acid may have protective effects on the heart muscle in people with heart disease. Intravenous injections of glutamic acid (as monosodium glutamate) have been shown to increase exercise tolerance and heart function in people with stable angina pectoris.

Functions of Glutamic Acid

  • Glutamic amino acid is important in the metabolism of sugars and fats, and aids in the transportation of potassium mto the spinal fluid and across the blood-brain barrier.  Although it does not pass the blood-brain barrier as readily as glutamine does, it is found at high levels in the blood and may infiltrate the brain in small amounts
  • Gamma Amino butyric acid (GABA): Glutamic acid gives rise to most important neurotransmitter GABA by the reaction which is catalyzed by glutamate decarboxylase. This neurotransmitter provides post synaptic inhibition in the central nervous system.
  • Glutamic acid can detoxify ammonia by picking up nitrogen atoms, in the process creating another amino acid, glutamine. The conversion of glutamic acid into glutamine is the only means by which ammonia in the brain can be detoxified.
  • Glutamic acid helps to correct personality disorders and is useful in treating childhood behavioral disorders. It is used in the treatment of epilepsy, mental retardation, muscular dystrophy, ulcers, and hypoglycemic coma, a complication of insulin treatment for diabetes.
  • It is a component of folate (folic acid), a B vitamin that helps the body break down amino acids.
  • It has also been found beneficial in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.
  • Ammonium Ion: Glutamic acid enters the mitochondria and here it gives up its amino form and form ammonium ion which is then used for the urea synthesis.
  • Alpha-ketoglutaric Acid: It shows the alpha ketoacid of glutamic acid and it enters the citric acid cycle.
  • Because one of its salts is monosodium glutamate (MSG), glutamic acid should be avoided by anyone who is allergic to MSG.

Deficiency Symptoms of Glutamic Acid

Although the deficiency symptoms of Glutamic Acid is unknow but some may notice are dullness of brain, insomina.

Rich Food Sources of Glutamic Acid

  • Sources of glutamic acid include high-protein foods, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products .
  • Some protein-rich plant foods also supply glutamic acid.  Certain legumes, such as beans, and lentils, and leafy greens vegetable have high levels of glutamic acid.
  • kombu are excellent sources of glutamic acid

Gamma -Aminobutyric Acid : The powerful amino acid that function as the most prevalent inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.

Vegetables and fruitsGABA, or Gamma-Aminobutryic Acid, is a powerful amino acid that was first discovered in 1883 in Berlin. It is actually classified as a nearuotransmitter, which means it helps nerve impulses cross the synapses (gaps) and communicate better. GABA has a great number of positive effects on the nervous system. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It is essential for brain metabolism, aiding in proper brain function. GABA is formed in the body from another amino acid, glutamic acid.

Its function is to decrease neuron activity and inhibit nerve cells from over firing. Together with niacinamide and inositol, it prevents anxiety and stress related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain by occupying their receptor sites.  GABA works by lowering brain activity and helps you feel calm. People who lost their job can be a great factor to be stressed, or people who are overly anxious or easily overwhelmed may suffer from the reduced production of GABA in the brain. If the production of GABA is sufficient or healthy, this can aid you in sleep, blood pressure, and relieve pain. To test your GABA levels, a simple urine or saliva test can determine the levels. This test will also determine whether an increased GABA production is needed.

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Uses and Benefits of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

  • GABA can be taken to calm the body in much the same way as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), and other tranquilizers, but without the fear of addiction.
  • GABA has been used in the treatment of epilepsy and hypertension. It is good for depressed sex drive because of its ability as a relaxant.
  •  It is also useful for enlarged prostate, probably because it plays a role in the mechanism regulating the release of sex hormones.
  • GABA is effective in treating attention deficit disorder and may reduce cravings for alcohol. It is also thought to promote growth hormone secretion.
  •  GABA may also be effective in treating PMS in women.
  • GABA is an excellent substitute for growth hormone and several clinical studies have found that ingestion of GABA, especially after exercise, stimulates the pituitary to secrete growth hormone.
  •  As GABA stimulates the secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary, it can help to increase lean body mass.
  • GABA is found in large amounts in the hypothalamus, this implies that the amino acid has a fundamental role in hypothalamic-pituitary function, and thus neuroendocrine metabolism. The hypothalamus is a region of the brain, which regulates the autonomous functions, such as sleep, body temperature and the activity of the pituitary gland

Deficiency Symptoms of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

Deficiency symptoms of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) may cause panic attacks, since an intake of tranquilizers can increase the level of GABA in the body. A deficiency of GABA has also been linked to depression.

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Main pathway in growth regulation by the endocrine system, mediated by growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). (See Wikipedia:Growth hormone#Functions of GH). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rich Food Sources of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

  • Food sources of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) are fish (especially mackerel),  wheat bran,eans, brewer’s yeast, dairy products, eggs, fish, legumes, meat, nuts, seafood, seeds, soy and whey.
  •  Foods that are high in glutamine acid can assist in GABA production. Some very helpful foods are beef liver, citrus, broccoli, halibut and lentils. As much as possible, include this in your daily diet with at least one to two servings every time you eat.
  •  Foods rich in L-theanine such as oats, spinach, whole grains can also assist in the production of GABA
  • Food sources such as beef, beans, chicken, fish that contain high levels of glutamine are also good ways to increase GABA. Foods like bell peppers, tuna, garlic, mustard greens and turkey are all high in vitamin B6 that can help improve your GABA levels.

Methionine : The essential amino acid which assists with metabolic function, breaks down fat, and is the primary source of sulfur in the body.

Methionine is one of the essential amino acids (building blocks of protein), meaning that it cannot be produced by the body, and must be provided by the diet. It supplies sulfur and other compounds required by the body for normal metabolism and growth. Methionine also belongs to a group of compounds called lipotropics, or chemicals that help the liver process fats (lipids). Others in this group include choline, inositol, and betaine (trimethylglycine). Methionine was first isolated in 1922 from casein and belongs to a group of compounds called lipotropics – the others in this group include choline , inositol , and betaine. It is important in the process of methylation where methyl is added to compounds as well as being a precursor to the amino acids cystine and cysteine.

Methionine is an essential amino acid that assists in the breakdown of fats, thus helping to prevent a buildup of fat in the liver and arteries that might obstruct blood flow to the brain, heart, and kidneys.  Methionine helps lower cholesterol levels by increasing the liver’s production of lecithin; reduces liver fat and protects the kidneys. It regulates the formation of ammonia and creates ammonia-free urine which reduces bladder irritation. Additionally, the DSIB indicates that studies have shown methionine to help reduce histamine levels, which are amino acids that control dilation of blood vessels and influence brain function

Function and Benefits of Methionine

  • Supplies sulfur and other compounds required by the body for normal metabolism and growth. Improves memory recall in people with AIDS-related nervous system degeneration.
  • Methionine amino acid helps the digestive system; helps to detoxify harmful agents such as lead and other heavy metals; helps diminish muscle weakness, prevent brittle hair, and protect against radiation; and is beneficial for people with osteoporosis or chemical allergies.
  • People with AIDS have low levels of methionine. Some researchers suggest this may explain some aspects of the disease process, especially the deterioration that occurs in the nervous system that can cause symptoms, including dementia. A preliminary study has suggested that methionine (6 grams per day) may improve memory recall in people with AIDS-related nervous system degeneration.
  • It is also good for people with Gilbert’s syndrome, an anomaly of liver function, and is required for the synthesis of nucleic acids, collagen, and proteins found in every cell of the body.
  • It is beneficial for women who take oral contraceptives because it promotes the excretion of estrogen.
  • It reduces the level of histamine in the body, which can be useful for people with schizophrenia, whose histamine levels are typically higher than normal.
  • As levels of toxic substances in the body increase, the need for methionine increases. The body can convert methionine into the amino acid cysteine, a precursor of glutathione
  • Methionine  protects glutathione; it helps to prevent glutathione depletion if the body is overloaded with toxins. Since glutathione is a key neutralizer of toxins in the liver, this protects the liver from the damaging effects of toxic compounds.
  • It has also been found to act as an antioxidant as its sulfur group removes the free radicals which are harmful to our various organs.
  • Methionine along with other amino acid also forms creatine which is an important constituent of the muscles and provide them strength.

Deficiency Symptoms of Methionine

Severe deficiency may manifest in dementia, while lesser deficiencies may be known by symptoms like fatty liver, slow growth, weakness, edema and skin lesions.

Food Sources of Methionine
  • Good food sources of methionine include:  Almonds, brazil nuts, broccoli, chickpea, beans, eggs, fish, garlic, lentils, meat, oats, onions, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soyabeans, seeds, and yogurt.
  • Because the body uses methionine to derive a brain food called choline, it is wise to supplement the diet with choline or lecithin (which is high in choline) to ensure that the supply of methionine is not depleted.
  •  Most fruits and vegetables contain very little of it.  Also in Sea vegetable like laver and spirulina

Tryptophan: The essential amino acid that is needed to maintain optimum health.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and is needed to maintain optimum health. Tryptophan must be obtained from the diet. The unusual indole side chain of tryptophan is also the nucleus of the important neurotransmitter serotonin, which is biosynthesized from tryptophan.  The aromatic portion of tryptophan also serves as an ultraviolet marker for detection of this amino acid either separately, or incorporated into proteins and enzymes, via ultraviolet spectrophotometry. Tryptophan is incorporated into proteins and enzymes at the molar rate of 1.1 percent compared to other amino acids, making it the rarest amino acid found in proteins.

Tryptophan is required for the production of niacin (vitamin B3). It is used by the human body to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is important for normal nerve and brain function. Serotonin is important in sleep, stabilizing emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis, etc.

It is further important in controlling hyperactivity in children, assists in alleviating stress, helps with weight loss and reducing appetite. It has been found that people suffering from migraine headaches have abnormal levels of tryptophan. In this case, supplementation may be helpful.

Function and Benefits of Tryptophan

  • Tryptophan is essential for the production of the B vitamin, niacin, which is vital for the brain to manufacture the key neurotransmitter, serotonin.
  • It enhances the release of growth hormones, and suppresses the appetite.
  • It is used by the brain to produce serotonin, a necessary neurotransmitter that transfers nerve impulses from one cell to another and is responsible for normal sleep. Consequently, tryptophan helps to depression and insomnia and to stabilize moods.
  •  It helps to control hyperactivity in children, alleviates stress, is good for the heart, aids in weight control by reducing appetite, and enhances the release of growth hormone.
  •  It is good for migraine headaches and may reduce , some of the effects of nicotine.
  • Sufficient amounts of vitamins B6 (pyridoxine) and C, folate, and magnesium are necessary for the formation of tryptophan, which, in turn, is required for the formation of serotonin.
  • A study reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that women with a history of bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder, experienced relapses after they took an amino acid mixture lacking tryptophan.
  • A shortage of tryptophan, combined with a shortage of magnesium, may be a contributing factor to heart artery spasms.

Deficiency Symptoms of Tryptophan

Deficiency Symptoms of Tryptophan are dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and digestion problems.

Rich Food Sources of Tryptophan

  • Tryptophan is a routine constituent of most protein-based foods or dietary proteins.
  • It is particularly plentiful in chocolate, oats, dried dates, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, sesame, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, corn, spirulina, bananas, and peanuts.
  • Asparagus, beet greens, broccoli raab, raw [broccoli rabe, rapini],  mushrooms, watercress, amaranth leaves, chicory greens, parsley, radishes, ginger root, winter squash, endive, kale, swiss chard, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, garlic, lettuce, sea vegetable, etc.
  • Despite popular belief that turkey has a particularly high amount of tryptophan, the amount of tryptophan in turkey is typical of most poultry.

More inforamtion on Tryptophan

Most tryptophan was banned from sale in the US in 1991, and other countries followed suit. Tryptophan from one manufacturer, of six, continued to be sold for manufacture of baby formulas. At the time of the ban, the FDA did not know, or did not indicate, that EMS was caused by a contaminated batch, and yet, even when the contamination was discovered and the purification process fixed, the FDA maintained that L-tryptophan is unsafe. In February 2001, the FDA loosened the restrictions on marketing (though not on importation), but still expressed the following concern: “Based on the scientific evidence that is available at the present time, we cannot determine with certainty that the occurrence of EMS in susceptible persons consuming L-tryptophan supplements derives from the content of L-tryptophan, an impurity contained in the L-tryptophan, or a combination of the two in association with other, as yet unknown, external factors.” Since 2002, L-tryptophan has been sold in the U.S. in its original form. Several high-quality sources of L-tryptophan do exist, and are sold in many of the largest healthfood stores nationwide. Indeed, tryptophan has continued to be used in clinical and experimental studies employing human patients and subjects. In recent years in the U.S., compounding pharmacies and some mail-order supplement retailers have begun selling tryptophan to the general public. Tryptophan has also remained on the market as a prescription drug (Tryptan), which some psychiatrists continue to prescribe, in particular as an augmenting agent for people unresponsive to antidepressant drugs