Friday, November 28, 2014

Newsletter 8.9: All About Neurotransmitters

The latest news from Life Choice! 

November Alive Sale:
Vanadyl Sulfate

Life Choice is happy to pass Alive discounts on to our wholesale customers, but we ask that retailers would participate by ordering at least 12 of the featured Alive product(s), and also pass the savings along to retail customers, as well. 

Learn more about Vanadyl Sulfate here

Thanksgiving, Fall, and 50% Off Sales!

We are currently running sales on the following products, which will be half off for our wholesale customers:
  • Migraine Relief (expiry 02/15)
  • Memory Support (expiry 03/15)
  • Healing Male Prostate (expiry 04/15)
  • Healing Male Cream (expiry 12/15)
  • Recovery H Cream (expiry 12/15)
  • L-Taurine (expiry 12/15)
  • Uplift and Invigorate (expiry 01/15)
  • Lean Energizer with L-Carnitine (expiry 01/15 or 11/15)
  • Lean and Trim with L-Carnitine (expiry 02/15)
Please keep in mind that products are usually potent 2 years after the expiry date. These sales will run as long as stock lasts. 
All About Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that regulate many physical and emotional processes including movement, stress response, cognition, emotions, energy, cravings, pain, and more. Neurotransmitters are usually found in the central nervous system.

Imbalances in these neurotransmitters have been associated with many conditions, including:
  • Mood Disorders: depression, anxiety
  • Adrenal Dysfunction: fatigue, insomnia
  • Loss of Mental Focus: ADD, ADHD, cognitive fog
  • Addiction and Dependency
  • Hormonal Imbalances: E2 dominance, E2 deficiency, low androgens
  • Loss of Appetite Control: obesity and insulin resistance
Substances such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and prescription meds can contribute to these imbalances.

There are 6 primary neurotransmitters:

Serotonin is involved in the regulation of sleep, appetite, and aggression. Imbalances can cause mood problems such as depression, anxiety, worry, obsessive thoughts, cravings for carbohydrates, PMS, low pain tolerance, and sleep disturbances. Serotonin can be boosted with Life Choice supplements such asTryptophan and Melatonin.

GABA is important for balancing the excitatory action of other neurotransmitters. High levels of GABA cause a calming effect that can contribute to sluggishness, foggy thinking, and feelings of sedation. However, most people are low in GABA, which contributes to a range of anxious and/or reactive symptoms that extend from poor impulse control to seizure disorders. Life Choice GABA can be beneficial for those with low GABA functions.

Dopamine regulates the pleasure/reward pathway, memory and motor control. If dopamine levels are low, symptoms can include loss of motor control, cravings, compulsions, loss of satisfaction, and addictive behaviours. If dopamine levels are high, connections can clude autism, mood swings, psychosis, and attention disorders. L-Dopa is a precursor to dopamine and is used for low dopamine conditions like Parkinson's disease. L-Dopa can be found in our 
Lean and Trim and Fiery Male

Norepinephrine, or noradrenaline, is an excitatory neurotransmitter produced in the CNS, as well as a stress hormone produced in the adrenal medulla. It prepares the body for action by relaying messages as part of the fight-or-flight response. High levels can cause anxiety, stress, high blood pressure, and hyperactivity. Low levels cause lack of energy, focus, and motivation. Our Adrenal Gland is helpful to improve norepinephrine levels.

Epinephrine, or adrenaline, works similarly to norepinephrine. High levels of epinephrine are associated with hyperactivity, ADHD, anxiety, sleep issues, and low adrenal function. Cortisol stimulates the conversion of norepinephrine to epinephrine. If cortisol is low, chemicals responsible for this conversion, such as SAMe and magnesium, can also be depleted. For epinephrine production, consider our Adrenal GlandSAMe liquid, and Opti-Cal/Mag Complex.

Glutamate is the most abundant neurotransmitter in the nervous system. Glutamate effects functions including cognition, memory, and learning. Elevated levels can cause panic attacks, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, OCD, and depression. Low levels can cause agitation, memory loss, sleeplessness, low energy, and depression. Our L-Glycine and GABA can boost glutamate levels.

To test for neurotransmitter imbalances, a urine sample can be requested. If imbalances are found, they can be corrected with targeted nutritional therapy, BHRT, diet, and lifestyle interventions. One should also be aware that neurotransmitters are closely connected with adrenal and sex hormones, so changes in those hormones can cause neurotransmitter imbalances, and vice versa.

Life Choice Neurotransmitter Support is perfect for keeping all these neurotransmitters up to par. 

*Article sourced from Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, Second Edition*
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