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Addictions

Addictions wreck havoc with your brain chemistry by creating the overpowering urge to continue taking substances that generate powerful and immediate feelings of euphoria from the overcharged dopamine based reward network. The removal of the source that produces these intense highs creates uncomfortable and even painful withdrawal symptoms and depression that in the eyes of the addict can only be resolved by taking the exact substance that starts the cycle. The avoidance of these withdrawals makes the cyclical behavior difficult to break despite great personal cost to the addict. It can take 14 months to restore normal dopamine transporter levels and rebalance your body to healthy levels of dopamine production and a new sense of harmony. AFA assists in the management of withdrawal symptoms. The micronutrient profile of AFA and in particular the omega 3’s and Amino acids support healthy optimal brain function, assist in releasing powerful neurotransmitter precursors that can elevate mood, lessen withdrawal symptoms, assist in liver restoration and assist in regenerating overall mind and body harmony.

Good Habits

  • Time in Nature
  • Alternative booze free activities
  • Exercise
  • New challenges
  • Create a journal of your cravings
  • Bad Habits

  • Old destructive routines
  • Trigger moments in people or activities
  • Time on Social media
  • Feed the cravings
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    Large percentage of alcoholics suffer from deficient amino acids levels. When the Amino acids are out of balance it leads to an imbalance in mood particularly depression. The key is to minimize the “withdrawl” symptoms so its easier to follow the program and stay on course.
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    Amino acid therapy is a part of the current arsenal to combat addictions. Methionine for heroin, tyrosine for cocaine and glutamine for alcohol. Other addiction programs are known to use amino acids cysteine, glycine, and also B vitamins, antioxidants and chlorophyll. All of these elements are found in balanced proportions and naturally available in AFA making it an ideal nutritional supplement for an addiction protocol. The antioxidant tripeptide glutathione GSH is associated with reversing the cirrhosis in the liver as well as assisting in the detoxification of cadmium associated with cigarette smoke. Cysteine is a known detoxifier and immunity booster with particular value for smokers and drinkers.

    Tryptophan, an essential amino acid in AFA, is critical in the biosynthesis of serotonin which is a positive brain chemical and when allowed to flourish without using substances it can reduce cravings. An abundance of natural serotonin will combat cravings for nicotine as well. Alcoholic or frequent smokers have next to no tryptophan in their bodies making supplementing with AFA an easy and natural boost you can immediately feel.

    Large percentage of alcoholics suffer from deficient amino acids levels. When the Amino acids are out of balance it leads to an imbalance in mood particularly depression. AFA provides one of the world's best balanced sources of amino acids in a food based and absorbable format to assist the addict with complete nutrition.

    The story of your body and booze rarely has a happy ending. Drinking alcohol decreases the storage of health promoting Essential Fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6’s. Alcohol also increases the absorption of toxins into the intestines and undigested foods. Undigested foods lead to allergic reactions and stress to the immune system, which also decreases the cravings for alcohol. It is recently considered a class 1 carcinogen. In the near future booze will be generally recognized as the health killer that it is.



    Clinical Studies

    Zinc prevention and treatment of alcoholic liver disease
    Kang YJ, Zhou Z. Zinc prevention and treatment of alcoholic liver disease. Mol Aspects Med. 2005;26(4-5):391-404. doi:10.1016/j.mam.2005.07.002

    Receptor Tyrosine Kinases as Therapeutic Targets for Alcohol Use Disorder
    Hamada, K., & Lasek, A. W. (2020). Receptor Tyrosine Kinases as Therapeutic Targets for Alcohol Use Disorder. Neurotherapeutics, 17(1), 4-16.

    Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase b/f and Alcohol Use Disorder: A Commentary
    Haass-Koffler CL. Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase β/ζ and Alcohol Use Disorder: A Commentary. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2020 Jun;44(6) 1189-1191. doi:10.1111/acer.14346. PMID: 32343842; PMCID: PMC7486965.

    Plasma phenylalanine and glutamine concentrations correlate with subsequent hepatocellular carcinoma occurrence in liver cirrhosis patients: an exploratory study
    Liang, KH., Cheng, ML., Lo, CJ. et al. Plasma phenylalanine and glutamine concentrations correlate with subsequent hepatocellular carcinoma occurrence in liver cirrhosis patients: an exploratory study. Sci Rep 10, 10926 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67971

    Nutrition in the Management of Cirrhosis and its Neurological Complications
    Bémeur C, Butterworth RF. Nutrition in the management of cirrhosis and its neurological complications. J Clin Exp Hepatol. 2014;4(2):141-150. doi:10.1016/j.jceh.2013.05.008

    Pellagra and Alcohol Dependence Syndrome: Findings From a Tertiary Care Addiction Treatment Centre
    Narasimha VL, Ganesh S, Reddy S, et al. Pellagra and Alcohol Dependence Syndrome: Findings From a Tertiary Care Addiction Treatment Centre in India. Alcohol Alcohol. 2019;54(2):148-151. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agz004

    Intestinal permeability and oxidative stress in patients with alcoholic pellagra
    Varella Morandi Junqueira-Franco M, Ernesto Troncon L, Garcia Chiarello P, do Rosário Del Lama Unamuno M, Afonso Jordao A, Vannucchi H. Intestinal permeability and oxidative stress in patients with alcoholic pellagra. Clin Nutr. 2006;25(6):977-983. doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2006.03.010

    Magnesium Treatment of Primary Alcohol-Dependent Patients During Subacute Withdrawal
    Hornyak M, Haas P, Veit J, Gann H, Riemann D. Magnesium treatment of primary alcohol-dependent patients during subacute withdrawal: an open pilot study with polysomnography. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2004;28(11):1702-1709. doi:10.1097/01.alc.0000145695.52747.be

    Magnesium for alcohol withdrawal
    Sarai M, Tejani AM, Chan AH, Kuo IF, Li J. Magnesium for alcohol withdrawal. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;(6):CD008358. Published 2013 Jun 5. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008358.pub2

    Oral Glutamine Challenge Improves the Performance of Psychometric Tests for the Diagnosis of Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis
    Oral Glutamine Challenge Improves the Performance of Psychometric Tests for the Diagnosis of Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis

    Role of the Endocannabinoid System in Alcoholic Liver Disease
    Siegmund SV. Role of the endocannabinoid system in alcoholic liver disease. Dig Dis. 2010;28(6):751-755. doi:10.1159/000324283

    Association of plasma calcium concentrations with alcohol craving: New data on potential pathways
    Schuster R, Koopmann A, Grosshans M, Reinhard I, Spanagel R, Kiefer F. Association of plasma calcium concentrations with alcohol craving: New data on potential pathways. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2017;27(1):42-47. doi:10.1016/j.euroneuro.2016.11.007

    Cadmium promotes glycolysis upregulation and glutamine dependency in human neuronal cells
    Bovio F, Melchioretto P, Forcella M, Fusi P, Urani C. Cadmium promotes glycolysis upregulation and glutamine dependency in human neuronal cells. Neurochem Int. 2021;149:105144. doi:10.1016/j.neuint.2021.105144

    Alternate cadmium exposure differentially affects amino acid metabolism within the hypothalamus, median eminence, striatum and prefrontal cortex
    Lafuente A, Fenández-Rey E, Seara R, Pérez-Lorenzo M, Esquifino AI. Alternate cadmium exposure differentially affects amino acid metabolism within the hypothalamus, median eminence, striatum and prefrontal cortex of male rats. Neurochem Int. 2001;39(3):187-192. doi:10.1016/s0197-0186(01)00029-8

    Branched-chain amino acid supplementation in treatment of liver cirrhosis: Updated views on how to attenuate their harmful effects on cataplerosis and ammonia formation
    Holeček M. Branched-chain amino acid supplementation in treatment of liver cirrhosis: Updated views on how to attenuate their harmful effects on cataplerosis and ammonia formation. Nutrition. 2017;41:80-85. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2017.04.003

    Effects of Branched-Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) Supplementation on the Progression of Advanced Liver Disease
    Park JG, Tak WY, Park SY, et al. Effects of Branched-Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) Supplementation on the Progression of Advanced Liver Disease: A Korean Nationwide, Multicenter, Prospective, Observational, Cohort Study. Nutrients. 2020;12(5):1429. Published 2020 May 15. doi:10.3390/nu12051429

    Branched-chain amino acids in health and disease: metabolism, alterations in blood plasma, and as supplements
    Holeček M. Branched-chain amino acids in health and disease: metabolism, alterations in blood plasma, and as supplements. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2018;15:33. Published 2018 May 3. doi:10.1186/s12986-018-0271-1

    Receptor Tyrosine Kinases as Therapeutic Targets for Alcohol Use Disorder
    Hamada, K., & Lasek, A. W. (2020). Receptor Tyrosine Kinases as Therapeutic Targets for Alcohol Use Disorder. Neurotherapeutics, 17(1), 4-16.

    Branched-chain amino acids in health and disease: metabolism, alterations in blood plasma, and as supplements
    Holeček M. Branched-chain amino acids in health and disease: metabolism, alterations in blood plasma, and as supplements. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2018;15:33. Published 2018 May 3. doi:10.1186/s12986-018-0271-1

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