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Brain Balance: Natural Solutions for Depression and Anxiety From Neurotransmitter Imbalance — Depression the Way Out

Low norepinephrine activity in the brain results in fatigue with lack of mental focus and trouble concentrating.

Medications such as Strattera (atomoxetine) and the SNRIs Pristiq (desvenlafaxine), Cymbalta (duloxetine), Fetzima (levomilnacipran), Savella (milnacipran), and Effexor (venlafaxine) all attempt to plug the norepinephrine reuptake channels in the releasing brain neuron.

Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

  • atomoxetine - Strattera
  • desvenlafaxine - Pristiq
  • duolexetine - Cymbalta
  • levomilnacipran - Fetzima
  • milnacipran - Savella
  • venlafaxine - Effexor

Low dopamine activity results in lack of pleasure in simple healthy activities and low motivation.

Lack of dopamine reduces pleasure and motivation

L-tyrosine does not easily cross the blood brain barrier. It must have an insulin-mediated mechanism plus the proper carrier to get it into the brain from the bloodstream.

[[tyrosine]] needs help to cross the blood-brain barrier by way of

  • an insulin mediated mechanism
  • the proper carrier

That is why L-tyrosine foods higher in natural carbohydrates work best to get into the brain. Foods such as mustard greens, watermelon, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed, almonds, and oats can really help your brain get the needed L-tyrosine

Foods high in tyrosine and carbohydrates will work well to get tyrosine into the brain

  • mustard greens
  • watermelon
  • pumpkin seeds
  • chia seeds
  • flaxseed
  • almonds
  • oats

Too much norepinephrine activity causes distractibility, anxiety, and possibly insomnia in both men and women

norepinephrine abundance causes

  • distractability
  • anxiety
  • insomnia (possibly)

[[dopamine norepinephrine imbalance]]

[[tyrosine]] is turned into dopamine in the body. To produce [[norepinephrine]] from dopamine the body requires copper. Too much copper can result in excess norepinephrine, leaving not enough dopamine. The cause is often genetically predicated lack of a copper-carrying proteine.

Zinc gets rid of excess free copper. To help appropriate copper binding more than zinc is needed:

  • Vitamin B-6
  • Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P)
  • biotin

Fortunately, the same supplements in “Brain Balance” also help with another genetic problem called pyrrole disorder. Pyrrole disorder is characterized by irrational fears (such as fear of flying), poor short term memory, poor stress control, not being hungry in the morning, some skin issues such as more easily developing stretch marks, a tendency for central, abdominal obesity if obesity is occurs, and additional sensitivities to one or more of bright lights, sounds, or clothing textures (such as tags on clothing that “need” to be removed).

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