The GemBalance™ formula contains amino acids that have shown a powerful mood elevating effect. The amino acid DL-phenylalanine has been found to be a potent mood enhancer and at higher levels may help relieve chronic pain. L-phenylalanine and L-tyrosine are amino acids that are converted in the brain to the hormones norepinephrine and dopamine. Norepinephrine is the brain molecule that causes mental energy and alertness. Dopamine assists in the elevation of mood states.
The D-phenylalanine component in GemBalance™ serves as an endorphin booster, much as do eating chocolate and falling in love. L-glutamine is another mood lifting amino acid that also provides brain energy and can relieve sugar cravings. Vitamin and chelated mineral cofactors are added to provide the brain with the complete pathways to make mood elevating and energy boosting brain hormones.
Nerve cells are at the height of the cellular pecking order. They are the largest, most complex, and most fuel sensitive cells in the body. The richness of nerve cell organization in the brain gives a storage and creative capacity that dwarfs that of the mightiest supercomputers.
2 capsules in the morning for a lift in mood and energy. To provide DL-phenylalanine at levels found to relieve chronic pain, the recommended intake is 2 capsules 3 times/ day before meals.
Major Ingredients Contained in GemBalance™: DL-PHENYLALANINE (DLPA) consists of equal parts of the D (synthetic) and natural L forms. Addition of the D component serves as an endorphin booster. Endorphins are natural pain relievers made in the brain. Increased endorphin levels promoted by DLPA have been associated with marked relief of chronically painful conditions, a strong mood elevating action, and pain relief that becomes more effective over time without having to increase the amount used. In 1978, Dr. Seymour Ehrenpreis and other members of the Departments of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology at the University of Chicago Medical School published the results of a clinical study of DPhenylalanine (DPA) in the treatment of various chronic pain conditions. This first study of the analgesic effects of DPA was published in Advances in Pain Research and Therapy and was also presented at the prestigious Second World Congress on Pain, an international forum drawing together the world's pain treatment experts to discuss pain research findings. Clinicians have found that DLPA is particularly effective in treating the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. L-GLUTAMINE and L-GLUTAMIC ACID Glutamic acid serves primarily as a brain fuel and can absorb excess ammonia, which would otherwise impair high performance brain function. Glutamine is formed when glutamic acid combines with ammonia. Glutamine can improve intelligence even in the mentally deficient. It may enhance mood and relieve fatigue. Its use has helped control alcoholism, sped the healing of stomach ulcers, and overcome impotence. Recent scientific studies on L-Glutamine and the amino acid L-Taurine have shown that Glutamine can improve protein metabolism and minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue in people suffering from severe metabolic stress. Supplementing with glutamine also was shown to increase cell volumization. One L-Glutamine study showed that subjects taking a glutamine supplement had accelerated fat burning compared to those taking the placebo. Another recent study found that consuming as little as 2 gm of free form L-Glutamine may cause up to a 400% increase in growth-hormone levels.
During strenuous exercise the need for glutamine appears to increase. Recent studies have shown the dramatic effect exertion has on the body's glutamine reserves. Seven healthy athletes doing intensive anaerobic exercise showed a 45 percent drop in plasma glutamine compared to their pre-exercise levels. When the same athletes did intensive aerobic exercise, their plasma glutamine dropped 50 percent. Some runners still had depressed glutamine levels even six days after recovering from the aerobic program, suggesting that they needed more glutamine than their diets could provide.
L-Tyrosine is a precursor of the important brain neurotransmitters epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine, which transmit nerve impulses and are essential to prevent depression. Dopamine is vital to mental function and seems to play a role in sex drive.
One study indicated that L-tyrosine may suppress appetite. In a rat study, L-tyrosine increased the appetite-suppressant effects of phenylpropanolamine, ephedrine, and amphetamine.
A clinical study detailed two patients with long-standing depression who failed to respond to anti-depressant drugs as well as electric shock therapy. Instead, both patients were given amphetamine treatments; one patient required 20 mg/day to remain depression-free, and the other required 15 mg/day. Within two weeks of starting L-tyrosine, 100 mg/kg once a day before breakfast, the first patient was able to eliminate all amphetamine medication, and the second was able to reduce the amphetamine intake to 5 mg/day. In another case report, a 30-year-old female with a two-year history of depression showed marked improvement after two weeks of treatment with L-tyrosine, 100 mg/kg/day in three divided doses. None experienced side effects.
Ascorbic Acid / Vitamin C
This powerful antioxidant supports the immune system - preventing colds and other illnesses, shields the body from damaging environmental toxins, and protects cells from free radical damage. Vitamin C is also essential for proper adrenal function, the formation of collagen, tissue health and the absorption of other nutrients.
L-Methionine is one of the sulphur containing amino acids and is important in many body functions. Through its supply of sulphur, it improves the tone and pliability of the skin, conditions the hair and strengthens nails. The mineral sulphur also protects the cells from airborne pollutants, such as smog, slows down the aging process in the cells, and is involved with the production of protein. Methionine is essential for the absorption and transportation and bioavailability of selenium and zinc in the body. It also acts as a lipotropic agent to prevent excess fat buildup in the liver, and is an excellent chelator of heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, binding them and aiding in their excretion from the body.
L-Methionine can help fatigue and may be useful in some cases of allergy because it reduces histamine release. It has also been used in the treatment of rheumatic fever and toxemia resulting from pregnancy. Recent studies show methionine deficiencies may be associated with the development of age related cataracts, and supplements may delay their development. In Parkinson's disease patients taking L-Dopa, it was found that additional supplements with L-Methionine may further decrease the tremors and rigidity that limit normal activities.
Niacin / Vitamin B3
Niacin (Vitamin B-3) is a water-soluble vitamin required by all living cells. It is absorbed in the intestine but little is stored in the body and any excess of the vitamin is excreted in the urine. It can be synthesized in the body from tryptophan but only the L-isomer of tryptophan can be converted into niacin, and the conversion requires the presence of thiamine, pyridoxine, and riboflavin.
Niacin is a major constituent of the coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP). These enzymes are involved in respiration where they act as hydrogen acceptors. They are essential in the reactions involved in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Niacin is also involved in the synthesis of protein, fat, and pentoses needed for nucleic acid formation.
Pyridoxine / Vitamin B-6
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6) is a component of the water-soluble vitamin B-complex vitamins. It is composed of three closely related chemical compounds: pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine. These three compounds are metabolically and functionally interrelated and are readily interconverted.
Vitamin B-6 is involved in protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism, and is a component of the molecular configuration of many enzymes. Vitamin B-6 functions primarily in the reactions involved in the non-oxidative degradation of amino acids.
Vitamin B-6 is an important enzyme in the biosynthesis of hemoglobin and in the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) from glutamic acid. Vitamin B-6 is sometimes used to treat anemic patients and can also help correct the depression, malaise, glucose intolerance and increased tryptophan excretion in some women using oral contraceptives.
Thiamine / Vitamin B1
As an enzyme, Thiamine enables glucose to be used as a fuel. In brain and nerve tissue, Thiamine plays a vital role in energizing nerve tissue so that normal messages can be transmitted through the entire nervous system. Since the nervous system is the most metabolically active tissue in the body, Thiamine is crucial for governing the high consumption of oxygen, which is the hallmark of metabolic rate. This process enhances circulation and assists in blood formation, carbohydrate metabolism, and the production of hydrochloric acid, which is important for proper digestion.
Thiamine also optimizes cognitive activity and brain function. It has a positive effect on energy, growth, normal appetite, and learning capacity, and is needed for muscle tone of the intestines, stomach, and heart. Thiamine also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the body from the degenerative effects of aging, alcohol consumption, and smoking.
Aloe Vera is an exceptional healing plant with an extensive history of use covering 18 centuries. Its use in the body promotes cellular vitality, improved wound healing and enhanced immune function. Aloe powder, derived from the tough outer leaf of the plant, is a strong 'cathartic' consumed internally as a cleanser, and often touted as a treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from liver disease to AIDS. There are medical doctors doing research with cancer and AIDS patients taking very large doses of concentrated Aloe Vera and observing promising responses.
Magnesium is an essential element that is vital for metabolic functions such as the activation of enzymes for proper metabolism of protein and carbohydrates for energy production. It is a constituent of bones and teeth and is important for the metabolism of phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, B-complex vitamins, and vitamins C and E. In small doses, Magnesium acts as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, and a mild sedative.
Zinc is an essential trace element that is important for the absorption and action of B-complex vitamins. It is required for protein synthesis, collagen formation, a healthy immune system, and the ability of the body to heal from wounds. Zinc helps form insulin to help stabilize energy, keeps prostate healthy, can help prevent cancer, increase sperm count, improve potency, helps absorbs vitamins, and is a potent antioxidant.
L-Phenylalanine, DL-Phenylalanine, and L-Tyrosine: Should be used with physician guidance if you have elevated blood pressure, heart problems, or skin cancer. Should be avoided in persons with phenylketonuria or pregnant or nursing women. Some research suggests that people with tardive dyskinesia may process phenylalanine abnormally. Until more is known, it makes sense for people with this condition to avoid phenylalanine supplementation.
Magnesium: Extra Magnesium should not be ingested by those suffering with Kidney failure. Magnesium can cause loose stools and even diarrhea, particularly if taken as inorganbic salts. The Chelates are much less prone to this effect, but it is still prudent to divide your intake if possible to do so. As magnesium can relax muscles and balance the nervous system, if any adverse effects whatsoever are suspected, it is essential to hold the use of the supplement and contact your physician.
Niacin (Vitamin B-3) May cause flushing (a feeling of warmth and reddening of the skin). This effect is temporary and harmless.