Amino Acid Therapy

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and enzymes, such as those used in hair, nails and muscles, as well as proteins essential to immune system function and blood sugar regulation. Studies have demonstrated abnormal levels of amino acids in patients suffering from chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety and ADD/ADHD etc.

Amino acids can help balance neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Neurotransmitter imbalances have been linked to a variety of diseases including depression, ADHD, anxiety, memory loss, weight gain, insomnia, and addictive disorders. Amino acids are typically obtained through diet. However, in the presence of disease it may be difficult for the body to absorb and maintain proper amino acid levels. Therefore administering amino acid precursors in a concentrated form administered intravenously may be required to achieve effective circulating levels.

Conditions Regularly Treated:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Weight gain
  • Addictive disorders
  • IBS
  • Leaky gut

Sampling of Clinical Research

Cooper, Bloom, and Roth; The Biochemical basis of Neuropharmacology, 8th. Ed. Oxford University Press, 2003. Wu G, et. Al. Arginine metabolism and nutrition in growth, health and disease. Amino Acids. 2009 May;37(1):153-68.

Hinz M, Stein A, Uncini T. Amino Acid management of Parkinson’s disease: a case study. Int J Gen Med. 201;4:165-174.

Richard Koch, Kathryn D Moseley, Shoji Yano, Marvin Nelson Jr., Rex A Moats. Large neutral amino acid therapy and phenylketonuria: a promising approach to treatment. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, Volume 79, Issue 2, June 2003, Pages 110–113.

Bozzetti F, Bozzetti V. Is the intravenous supplementation of amino acid to cancer patients adequate? A critical appraisal of literature. Faculty of Medicine, University of Milan, Clin Nutr. 2013 Feb;32(1):142-6. doi: 10.1016.

Mimura Y, Yamakawa M, Maeda J, Tateno I, Araki S, Fujita T, Sugizaki K, Furuya K, Oohara T.Efficacy of amino acid infusion for improving protein metabolism after surgery: a prospective randomized study in patients undergoing subtotal gastrectomy. J Am Coll Surg. 1997 Aug;185(2):163-71.

Umenai T, Nakajima Y, Sessler DI, Taniguchi S, Yaku H, Mizobe T.Perioperative amino acid infusion improves recovery and shortens the duration of hospitalization after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Anesth Analg. 2006 Dec;103(6):1386-93.

Cerra FB, Cheung NK, Fischer JE, Kaplowitz N, Schiff ER, Dienstag JL, Bower RH, Mabry CD, Leevy CM, Kiernan T. Disease-specific amino acid infusion (F080) in hepatic encephalopathy: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1985 May-Jun;9(3):288-95.

Hammarqvist F, von der Decken A, Vinnars E, Wernerman J. Stress hormone and amino acid infusion in healthy volunteers: short-term effects on protein synthesis and amino acid metabolism in skeletal muscle. Metabolism. 1994 Sep;43(9):1158-63. Suer MK, Crane JD, Trappe TA, Jemiolo B, Trappe SW, Harber MP.Amino acid infusion alters the expression of growth-related genes in multiple skeletal muscles. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2013 Jul;84(7):669-74.


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