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Amino Acid Supplements for Addiction Recovery

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and so they come from protein foods; however, some people do not produce or assimilate amino acids as well as others, and so amino acid supplements can be utilized, especially in cases where addiction is an issue. Addiction recovery is commonly found in products that are taken internally in some way (consumption, inhalation, etc.). Amino acid supplements may help.

Food, drugs, and alcohol, are common addictions in society today. The “white foods” like sugar, white flour, white rice, and white potatoes, can act as addictive foods to someone who is prediabetic or diabetic, similarly to how alcohol or marijuana, caffeine, speed, or cocaine, can act as an addiction to someone else.

Amino acid supplements can help curb these appetites for unhealthy habits, and aid in bringing back a sense of control because they activate the neurotransmitters in the brain that affect these issues.

Amino acid supplements for addictions

Consider these addictions:

FOODS/DRINKS: Sweets, starches, chocolate, caffeine, aspartame, alcohol, etc.

DRUGS: Heroin, alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, speed, cocaine, ecstasy, valium, etc.

These items may be as much of an emotional addiction as they can be a physical addiction, depending. Be sure to ask your physician before trying to treat addictions or go through addiction recovery by supplementing with amino acids.

Amino acid supplements chart for addiction recovery

Treating or reducing symptoms to help smooth out the process of recovery may be aided by taking essential or non-essential amino acid supplements.

Here is a chart showing amino acid supplements for addictions from the Addiction Recovery Guide folks, reprinted from: Blum K, Ross J, Reuben C, Gastelu D, Miller DK.  “Nutritional Gene Therapy: Natural Healing in Recovery.  Counselor Magazine, January/February, 2001

Supplemental Ingredient

Restored Brain Chemical

Addictive Substance   Abuse

Amino Acid Deficiency   Symptoms

Expected Behavior   Change

D-Phenylalanine or DL-Phenylalanine Enkephalins
Endorphins
Heroin, Alcohol, Marijuana, Sweets, Starches, Chocolate,   Tobacco Most Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) conditions sensitive to   physical or emotional pain. Crave comfort and pleasure. Desire certain food   or drugs. Reward stimulation. Anti-craving. Mild anti-depression. Mild   improved energy and focus. D-Phenylalanine promotes pain relief, increases   pleasure.
L-Phenylalanine or L-Tyrosine Norepinephrine
Dopamine
Caffeine, Speed, Cocaine, Marijuana, Aspartame, Chocolate,   Alcohol, Tobacco, Sweets, Starches Most Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) conditions. Depression,   low energy. Lack of focus and concentration. Attention-deficit disorder. Reward stimulation. Anti-craving. Anti-depression. Increased   energy. Improved mental focus.
L-Tryptophan or 5 hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) Serotonin Sweets, Alcohol, Starch, Ecstasy, Marijuana, Chocolate,   Tobacco Low self-esteem. Obsessive/compulsive behaviors. Irritability   or rage. Sleep problems. Afternoon or evening cravings. Negativity. Heat   intolerance. Fibromyalgia, SAD (winter blues). Anti-craving. Anti-depression. Anti-insomnia. Improved   appetite control. Improvement in all mood and other serotonin deficiency   symptoms.
GABA (Gamma-amino butyric acid) GABA Valium, Alcohol, Marijuana, Tobacco, Sweets, Starches Feeling of being stressed-out. Nervous. Tense muscles. Trouble   relaxing. Promotes calmness. Promotes relaxation.
L-Glutamine GABA (mild enhancement)
Fuel source for entire brain
Sweets, Starches, Alcohol Stress. Mood swings. Hypoglycemia. Anti-craving, anti-stress. Levels blood sugar and mood. GABA   (mild enhancement). Fuel source for entire brain.

Whether you have mental health or emotional health issues, chemical dependency, food related issues such as diabetes, weight gain/weight loss problems, or other health problems, please discuss taking any amino acid supplements with your doctor before attempting addiction recovery.

References:

http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/holistic/nutrition

http://www.medhelp.org/tags/health_page/45/Addiction/Amino-Acid-Protocol?hp_id=15

Can Amino Acids Help with Weight Loss and Cure Alcoholism?

Amino Acids, or lack thereof, can be a significiant cause behing weight gain. And, amino acids can help reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms or even help with addictions. In fact, amino acids can be more powerful than street drugs!

If amino acids sound like a crazy way to help with empowering individuals who seem weak-willed regarding overeating, always reaching for comfort foods, and are suffering from emotional stress and are self-medicating, then think again. Amino acids have no come to the rescue! Amino acids are said, by Julia Ross of The Diet Cure, to help with mental health issues since amino acids are 1,000 times stronger than street drugs, such as heroin.

Brain chemistry is the key to amino acids’ powerful mood-enhancing effects

The brain uses neurotransmitters and receptors that alter brain chemistry. Amino acids can be used as a will-power aid since they affect neurotransmitters directly by producing feel-good chemicals in the brain that alleviate the “emotional basket-case” situations of people who cannot seem to get by without reaching for comfort food. Overeating of drug-like foods such as refined flour and sugar, as well as alcohol or other drugs/medicines can slow the production of the brain’s natural chemicals that produce pleasure.

Thinking that your brain’s receptors are “full,” it slows or stops producing them, creating a need to replenish it via more of the same unhealthy consumables that created the problem in the first place. It’s a vicious circle that causes serious health issues like insulin resistance, associated diabetes, and other health problems. Mood-enhancing drugs can therefore wind up being food, sugar, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or a number of other drugs. Emotional eating then becomes a physical dependency with enough power to keep its users in a co-dependent state of use.

Amino acids from protein or supplements are the key to willpower

Eating protein, and fatty foods that are higher in protein, are the only things that naturally provide the very thing you need to stop those dependencies in their tracks… amino acids! Amino acids make all of the mood-enhancing brain chemicals you may need to find the willpower to slow or stop the intake of those other items that cause the problem. Proteins generally take longer to digest than other foods, too, giving a feeling of satiety.

Your body has to have amino acids. People deficient in them find that supplements and eating more protein in their diets can help them find the relief they need. As always, please consult your doctor before altering your diet or adding amino acid supplements.

Resources:

http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/dietcure.htm

Ross, Julia; Articles on Health: Mental Health and Protein Nutrition; From Well Being Journal Vol. 11, No. 5; Sept/Oct 2002; p. 2