Just thought about something: GABA(the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, the chemical that keeps you calm) is synthesized from Glutamate, which reaction is dependant on the presence of Lysine.
Many people have anxiety as a co-morbidity with depression, and some find benzos to be helpful, but it's a FAR better idea to address that issue with anything but benzos, as they're so addictive.
You could buy Lysine and L-Glutamine supplements, along with wild lettuce tincture and california poppy, to boost GABA production and to aid with anxiety, if that is an issue you have.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Jun 1;101(22):8285-8.
Lysine fortification reduces anxiety and lessens stress in family members in economically weak communities in Northwest Syria.
Smriga M, Ghosh S, Mouneimne Y, Pellett PL, Scrimshaw NS.
Institute of Life Sciences, Ajinomoto Co., Inc., 210-8681 Kawasaki, Japan.
"Lysine is a limiting amino acid in diets based on wheat as the staple. In experimental animals, prolonged dietary lysine inadequacy increases stress-induced anxiety. If observed in humans, such a result would have a strong implication for the relationship between nutrition and communal quality of life and mental health. As part of a 3-month randomized double-blind study, we tested whether lysine fortification of wheat reduces anxiety and stress response in family members in poor Syrian communities consuming wheat as a staple food. In the lysine-fortified group, the plasma cortisol response to the blood drawing as a cause of stress was reduced in females, as was sympathetic arousal in males as measured by skin conductance. Lysine fortification also significantly reduced chronic anxiety as measured by the trait anxiety inventory in males. These results suggest that some stress responses in economically weak populations consuming cereal-based diets can be improved with lysine fortification."
PMID: 15159538 [PubMed - in process]
Edited by Aurelian, 13 December 2013 - 09:41 PM.
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