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Autonomic Nervous System

Nutrients for the mind: The utility of amino acids in psychiatric care

James greenblatt, M.D. and Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D.

Amino acids serve familiar nutritional roles that sustain every aspect of health. As instructed by the genetic code, these vital molecules join together to form proteins, which constitute the cellular architecture that sustains life. However, a fraction of dietary amino acid intake is directed toward unique functional roles as signals that allow cells to communicate. read more…

Magnesium in integrative psychiatry: Dosage, bioavailability and evidence-based formulations

James Greenblatt, M.D.

Informative PowerPoint on Magnesium’s benefits to Mental Health. read more…

Integrative mental health: Simple approaches to complex pathways

Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D. and James Greenblatt, M.D.

The human mind is orchestrated by large networks of neurons. Like any type of network, proper function depends on the coordinated efficiency and accuracy of communication. In the brain, a language of chemical messengers allows high-fidelity neuronal conversations that enable us to think, learn, remember, and experience emotion. Known as neurotransmitters, these compounds are critical for emotional wellness, cognitive performance and behavioral health. read more…

Building neurotransmitters for healthy eating behavior

James Greenblatt, M.D. and Kelly Heim, Ph.D.

Eating is the instinctive and life-sustaining response to the sensation of hunger. However, in developed countries where food is abundant, emotional and neurochemical cues, not hunger, comprise the predominant motives of food consumption. Indeed, eating evokes positive emotions due to food-induced changes in brain chemistry. For over four million Americans, the desire to maintain this emotional reward on an ongoing basis drives consumption of more calories than the body needs. read more…

Zymenta and Cerelist: A novel approach to nutritional management of cholinergic deficiency

Jeannemarie M. Beiseigel, PhD, RD and Deanna J. Fall, BAa

Age-related cognitive decline adversely affects a significant portion of the population. Studies have suggested that cognition may be maintained by supporting cholinergic function and overall brain health. Zymenta and Cerelist are nutritional supplements that address nutritional deficiencies that may be related to mild cognitive decline by providing complementary ingredients to 1) support acetylcholine (Ach) synthesis; 2) reduce ACh breakdown; and 3) protect neuronal cell structure and function. This article reviews the health implications of a cholinergic deficit in patients with cognitive complaints and describes how the ingredients in Zymenta read more…

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