Amino Acid Side Effects:
Alternative Medicine Pain Relief

When they come from food, the amino acid side effects can quite beneficial. They can help alleviate pain.

The amino acids are second to water in abundance in the human body. Amino acids serve many functions in the body. They play a part in managing pain or are part of other processes and biologicals our body creates to manage pain. They are the building blocks of protein.

What Do Amino Acids Do?

Give cells their structure.
Play in the role of the transport and storage of nutrients.
Effect the function of arteries, glands, organs and tendons.
Promote wound healing and tissue repair (esp skin wounds).
Detoxification and waste removal.
And finally...
Amino Acids Help our Bodies Manage Pain.

Amino acids and the things amino acids make all can help with pain. All pain relief from within our body in some way involves amino acids....and what they do.

Amino Acids and Friends: Symphonic Pain Relievers

Amino acids, what they are made into and what they work with create a symphonic pain relieving system within our body. But it only works if we have the amino acid building blocks.

Amino Acids: Which are necessary for the production of many necessary chemicals and hormones within our body. Some have an attraction to water and some don't (hydrophobic vs hydrophilic).

Glutathione: Made from the combination of amino acids (cysteine, glyceine and gluatmine) or the conversion of other natural chemicals within our body by amino acids (methionine converting homocysteine into cysteine).

Hydration: One of the necessary building blocks for hormones and many chemicals manufactured within our body.

Neurotransmitters: The chemicals that allow nerve impulses to travel along the neural network. They can help carry feeling from the tip of a toe to the center of the brain. Or they can carry the thought from deep inside our brain to the conscious actions we make.

Electrolytes: The body uses these in the production of the various chemicals and proteins. If we lack them, our bodies ability to create or process the various chemicals or amino acids is limited. Some amino acids are attracted to water and some repelled by it. Even so, water is essential to the work they do.

Endorphins: chemicals produced in the pituitary gland, your spinal cord, brain and nervous system. Endorphins are produced in response to stimuli like stress, fear or pain. These interact with receptors in cells of the brain that are responsible for blocking pain and controlling emotion.

Amino Acids

What in the World, er eh, Body are Amino Acids?

Basically amino acids are nitrogen molecules bonded to hydrogen molecules. Of the 20 amino acids used by the body, nine are essential (the body cannot make these so they must be obtained from outside sources). The essential amino acids can also be metabolized into all the other amino acids (except carnitine).

Amino acids are essential for the making, maintenance and management of the cells in our body. They are the building blocks of muscle, bone, and hormones. It is important to note, processes within the body are dependent on water and in many cases, electrolytes.

The more fully hydrated the body the better it can function. In a state of dehydration, even though increasing intake, amino acids would be poorly absorbed and they would be of little benefit. So hydration is also essential for the amino acids to work best.

When it comes to pain management, the endorphins, GABA and serotonin are the primary pain stopping neurotransmitters. These are almost exclusively produced by specific amino acids.

The safest way to get benefits from the amino acids is dietary protein meat, unprocessed milk, eggs, fish, plants, or nuts.

Amino Acids Side Effects: Pain Relief

The three main amino acid pain modulators are the neurotransmitters endorphin, serotonin, and GABA (gamma amino butyric acid).

These are produced from a combination of amino acids we get when we eat proteins, the water we drink and the electrolytes we consume.

Key research as well as our clinical experience has demonstrated that by eating more of the things that help these neurotransmitters to be produced will provide pain relief in as little as 45 seconds and usually within 3 days at the longest.

These also help pharmaceutical pain relievers to work even better, requiring less to be described.

How can it work in 45 seconds? The longer these are in our mouth, the more they are absorbed in our blood stream through our mucous membranes inside our mouth.

The faster they get into the blood, the faster they can go to work. We constantly demonstrate this when doing radio appearances. We ask the staff if they have any issues. Then we give them the necessary things to hold in their mouth and we time them. From taking to benefit, it has been as little as 45 seconds. One woman in particular, suffering from neuropathy for some time, noted it was gone in less than a minute. Pain medicatons never worked for her. Perhaps the reason, she was not depleted of chemicals, she was depleted of nutrients.

As noted above, amino acids are involved in the creation of certain neurochemicals.

Neurochemicals regulate our thoughts, learning, memories, emotions, nerve signal transmission or signals from nerve cell to cell (this is how your brain lets you know your hand hurts) and promote the growth and repair of the nervous systems cells.

Neurochemicals also play a role in our abilities, behavior and health.

An example of a neurochemicals are the neurotransmitters. These are the chemicals that go in between the nerve cell ends (called synapses) and is the way the nerves transmit signals from one to the next.

Here are the neurotransmitters and what they do. They come in different kinds.

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Inhibitory (Calming) Neurotransmitters

Serotonin – a monoamine neurotransmitter made from tryptophan

Mood, sleep, appetite, and impulsive and aggressive behavior.

Decreased Levels: depression and certain anxiety disorders, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder.

How much needed: 3.5 mg per Kg of weight. A 200 lb person would need about 300 mg of tryptophan.

Food sources: raw egg whites = Tryptophan: 521mg also white turkey meat, seaweed, most meats.

Melatonin a neurotransmitter.

... is also made from tryptophan...a sleep aid. If you cannot sleep, consider eating the foods that have tryptophan in them. Melatonin does work for a few weeks to help you sleep then it stops working. It is a waste of money.

A Better Way to Get to Sleep

There are two ways to increase the melatonin in our brains to help us sleep. You can eat foods that have melatonin along with numerous other natural chemicals. One of the best is tart cherry juice. Just 2 tablespoons in a glass of water and it will do wonders.

Another way to make the sleep part of your brain work is using a natural hypnotic. By drinking water to hydrate our body and then putting unprocessed salt in your mouth to let it dissolve, you have an effective hypnotic to help you sleep.

GABA – (Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid / an amino acid)

Puts the brakes on nerve excitation and anxiety

Decreased Levels: depression, anxiety / anxiety disorders.

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Excitatory(Stimulating) Neurotransmitters

Dopamine – –a catecholamine /monoamine neurotransmitter made from tyrosine

Voluntary motor control, learning and attention.

Decreased Levels: levels may cause depression, muscular rigidity, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and motor control problems like tremors and slowed movements as found in Parkinson's disease.

Elevated Levels: levels are associated with schizophrenia.

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Norepinephrine – a catecholamine /monoamine neurotransmitter made from tyrosine

involved with our eating and alertness

Decreased Levels: depression

Elevated Levels: schizophrenia

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Epinephrine – a catecholamine /monoamine neurotransmitter made from tyrosine
Also Known as adrenaline

Energy and glucose metabolism

Decreased Levels: depression

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Glutamate – (an amino acid) –

is involved with learning and memory. Decreased levels: depression.

Decreased Levels: Low levels can lead to tiredness and poor brain activity.

Elevated Levels: Increased levels of glutamate can cause death to the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain.

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Histamine –(from the amino acid histidine) monoamine neurotransmitter

Most people know of histamine as in allergic reactions. It also is involved in emotions and even your behavior. It is involved in your sleep cycles and plays a role in the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine.

Histamine promotes pain relief through several mechanisms. Histamine is dependent on both water and salt to bring about pain relief. The best way to activate the histamine system and help the amino acids work better is the Water Cures protocol.

Decreased Levels: can contribute to paranoia, low libido, fatigue, and medication sensitivities.

Elevated Levels: are associated with obsessive compulsive tendencies, depression and headaches.
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PEA – Made from phenylalanine, it is involved with mental focus and concentration.

Decreased Levels: found in those with difficulty paying attention or thinking clearly, and in depression.

Elevated Levels: found in people who have sleep problems, anxiety and schizophrenia. Those who have racing minds may have too much of this.

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Acetylcholine –

Voluntary movement, memory, learning and sleep

Decreased Levels:

Elevated Levels: acetylcholine may be involved in depression, and too little may cause dementia

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Lysine –

Lysine has been found to help prevent and treat herpes infections and cold sores. It increases absorption of calcium in the intestines and eliminates its excretion by the kidney. It may help with increasing muscle mass, lowering glucose, and managing anxiety. It has bee found to help eliminate angina pain. Has been used to treat pain, including headaches, migraines and other painful conditions. Helps to detoxify the body after heroin use.

Pauling found that doses of vitamin C between 3 to 18 g and 3 to 6 g lysine quickly resolved advanced cardiovascular disease in humans. These help dissolve plaques in arteries.

Decreased Levels:

Elevated Levels: Doses as high as 100 mg/kg given to Parkinson's patients had no side effects.

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Endorphins –

Pain relief and feelings of pleasure and contentedness

Decreased Levels: depression

Elevated Levels:

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Serotonin –

a neurotransmitter, helps the digestive system and is released once food is consumed. Serotonin also affects social power, dominance, and submission.

Decreased Levels:

Elevated Levels: mental retardation, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig's disease), seizures and increase risk of stroke.

When toxins are released, serotonin levels increase which in turn increases peristalsis (how the gut moves food through the gut) faster or it may cause a reaction that induces vomiting so that the body will expel the toxin as quickly as possible.

Guess What Endorphins Do?

Endorphins: endo= originating from within and -orphin= a shortened form of morphine or morphine like. This means it is a morphine like chemical your body produces.

Endorphins are made from amino acids.

Amino acids come from dietary protein.

Endorphins need water and electrolytes to be produced.

Endorphins act as pain transmission inhibitors. In other-words, they turn off the pain. Additionally, they may also produce a feeling of euphoria.

Making of Endorphins

The protein we ingest provide part of the raw materials for the making of endorphins. The protein is broken down in digestion into amino acids. Once it is freed, it is transported into the blood where it is carried to the liver. There they are changed into secondary amino acids and other things that make us who we are, like muscle, bone, enzymes, hormones, and much more.

Among the many things that are made from amino acids are the building blocks of neurochemicals. Thus, the amino acid side effect of pain relief.

Do You Face This Challenge?

The challenge we all face, when we are in discomfort, we tend to eat comfort foods. Yet these are far from comfort producing. They are often sugar laden foods that promote inflammation. They tend to be low in protein. They also use up water and as a result, contribute to the cycle of pain.

If you want to manage pain, tap into the bodies analgesic system then you need to use the three analgesic mechanisms in the body.

A Final Thought on Amino Acid Side Effects

All the tissues of our body have serotonin receptors, from our brains in our head to the joints in our toes and even our little toe. Literature is recognizing its role in the physiology of the body as well as the coordination of the various functions.

Additionally, it is theorized that the serotonin nerve receptors are are sensitized to the pH changes when circulation is inadequate, such as when there is a fluid and electrolyte imbalance. The Water Cures protocol is essential for maintaining pH at the optimal balance.

The pH changes result in conversion of substances into kinins. When kinins pass across the nerve endings, pain is the result. These are especially associated with leg pain and the pain from sitting in the same position without moving for long periods of time.

Further implicating hydration in the pain process, the purpose of kinins is to dilate the local vessels or make them carry more fluid to increase circulation. While they are doing this, the pain they cause results in a decrease in movement so that the muscles are not used as much.

You can optimize your bodies ability to manage pain with some dietary changes. The amino acid side effects are one of the natural ways to manage pain.

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