The Artist’s Garden at Giverny, by Claude Monet, 1900
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The root of many mental and physical health problems are vitamin, mineral, and amino acid deficiencies due to a combination of mineral-depleted farming soil (especially magnesium) and poor food choices in general.
Studies are showing amino acids have the ability to treat issues like sleep, anxiety, and depression. Here are some of the ones I believe have the most promise, and that have helped me the most in these areas.
Glycine for Sleep – See this Reddit discussion on glycine and collagen peptides. Many have low glycine intake from not eating as many tendons and cartilage as we used to. This can affect sleep quality, which can also lead to anxiety and depression. Taking 3g before bed has enhanced my sleep quality where I wake up feeling more refreshed and anxiety isn’t building up by noon-3pm like it used to. When sleep is fixed, many other issues often fall into place.
NAC for Anxiety – See, NAC Benefits: May Help Lung Problems, Addictions, Autism, Bipolar, and More. This was the first amino acid that really helped me. It stopped years of pacing, reduced unwanted thoughts and irritability. I take 1g, 1-2x a day as needed. It’s also good for reducing various substance withdrawal cravings (often in combination with CBD oil). It helps with allergies and stops mucus production, often prescribed at the 600mg dose foo this purpose.
Agmatine Sulfate for Depression – See, “Agmatine Sulfate, Miracle Substance with Endless Benefits.” Any time I feel depression coming on, I take 1g 2x a day (or 2g before bed). This is the most effective thing I’ve taken for depression.
ALCAR for Morning Energy and Mood Boost – I take 1g in the AM for energy, it helps for getting through a work day or exercise (it’s in many workout and fat burning supplements). This also boosts mood. Before ALCAR it was hard for me to get out of bed and get going in the mornings, it’s one of my most important supplements.
DLPA for Mood Boost/Stabilizer and Sense Enhancement – I found this in the book “Mood Cure.” It boosts mood like ALCAR but also makes the 5 senses feel better, even makes food taste better, songs sound better. I take 1g in the late afternoon as the ALCAR is wearing off. It helps me feel happy naturally by supporting the brains neurotransmitters that are responsible for these feel good emotions (and ones like agmatine that prevent too many of the bad ones from responding).
Many people who do hard drugs I think are just trying to feel better but go too far, aminos are the perfect middle ground of feel-good sobriety.
Since those are all FDA approved supplements sold over the counter with science backing them, it is my belief they are better options to try for these issues over things like antidepressants, benzos, and sleeping pills that should be reserved for the most severe cases. Often it’s a nutritional deficiency causing the issue in the first place.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Also consider things like fasting/intermittent fasting for gut health, stem cell growth, lower inflammation, and a reduction in risk for cancer. There’s so much we can do for our health that’s natural, low cost, and with few side effects.
Vincit Omnia Veritas