Blue Spot Pets

Amino Acids

 

Amino acid therapy is a term used to describe the use of supplemental amino acids to help balance brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) and other aspects of physiology. For this type of treatment to be most effective, it should include a specialized urinalysis test, which provides a reliable means of measuring excretory values of neurotransmitters. From those findings an individualized protocol of amino acid supplementation is devised to improve the quantity and ratios (balance) of neurotransmitters in the brain.


What are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are the building blocks and breakdown products of proteins. They are derived from protein intake and are precursors to brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). Once proteins are broken down into amino acids by the digestive system they are then released into the blood stream. Without the proper amino acids in our diet, our brains become depleted of crucial neurotransmitters. Amino acid therapy is often used to help address many of the symptoms listed in table 1. Each neurotransmitter has a specific amino acid, which is required for its synthesis and plays a particular role within the brain and body.

Table 1: Amino Acid Precursors

 

Neurotransmitter Neurotransmitter plays a role in: Amino Acid Precursor
Serotonin Sleep cycle, depression, anxiety l-tryptophan
Dopamine Focus, attention, memory, motivation/ drive, mood l-tyrosine
Norepinephrine Energy, drive, anxiety, focus, metabolism, mood l-tyrosine
Epinephrine Energy, drive, anxiety, focus, metabolism, mood l-tyrosine
 

Can't You Get Amino Acids From Food?

 The amino acid profile of individual proteins varies greatly. Foods that contain protein, whether they are vegetarian or animal origin, contain different combinations of amino acids. While keeping a stable overall daily intake of protein is necessary to maintain good health, proper neurotransmitter balance cannot always be achieved through diet alone. Some amino acids are not readily available in diet and need to be supplemented in a concentrated form.

Why We Need Amino Acid Supplements:

Between meals the levels of amino acids circulating in the bloodstream decrease. By supplementing with an individual amino acid when an animal is between meals, we are allowing that particular amino acid to become more available to be taken up and used for neurotransmitter production.

 

How to Determine the Right Protocol:

 

Since each dog has a unique neurotransmitter profile, recommended supplements in any program should be specific to an individual’s imbalances.  Blue Spot Pets protocols incorporate an individual’s requirements and provide a program of highly targeted amino acids specific to their imbalances.

Take our FREE online test

Determine which Neurotransmitter Lab Test is right for you.

Get Started