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Mind, Depression & Mood

Healthy brain function relies on a delicate balance of amino acids to create intercellular healthy communication in our brain. AFA provides the 20 amino acids humans need in the exact proportions humans need to support optimal brain function. AFA is perhaps best known for its unique ability to nutritionally support mood and cognition. Micronutrient deficiencies are often associated with mood disorders, anxiety and depression.

Good Habits

Eating real food, active lifestyle, time in nature, ingesting foods and herbs that promote mood support, stress management, and performing activities you enjoy.

Bad Habits

Eating processed foods, not drinking enough water, lacking key nutrients in the diet, not doing activities you enjoy, not having a supportive community around you.

AFA + Your Mind

Healthy brain function relies on a delicate balance of amino acids to create intercellular healthy communication in our brain. AFA provides the 20 amino acids humans needed in the exact proportions humans need to support optimal brain function. AFA is perhaps best known for its unique ability to nutritionally support mood and cognition. Micronutrient deficiencies are often associated with mood disorders, anxiety and depression.
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Proper functioning of your brain requires the synergy of many nutrients working together. Neuropeptides or neurotransmitter precursors??? Deficiencies in micronutrients alter the mind / body harmony and create dysfunction. Cognitive function, mental health and optimal mental performance requires your mind and body to be satiated with the correct and delicate balance of micronutrients to activate a healthy brain. Poor diets and constant stress can alter the absorption and availability of many essential micronutrients creating a variety of results. Depression, anxiety, brain fog, cognitive decline and neurological diseases are associated micronutrients deficiencies.

For example the combination of the amino acid phenylalanine converting to tyrosine in the liver creates phenylethylamine or PEA which is known as the “love molecule”. The presence of PEA in your bloodstream releases dopamine and adrenaline making us feel as though we are in love or just completed a long run or walk in nature. Tryptophan, another powerful mood amino acid, is the necessary link to the creation of serotonin, a crucial “feel good” brain chemical. Studies have shown that mood swings, carbohydrate cravings, reductions in anxiety and phobias are also connected to biosynthesis of serotonin.

Each of the 20 amin acids plays a role in healthy brain function. Your body cannot store these and a daily balance of all 20 amino acids in small amounts does wonders for mental uplift, improved mood, focus and general cognition. This benefit is the most reported “ illicit response” from AFA consumers. Studies on depression often cite low levels of micronutrients. Supporting mental health with potent and complete nutrition can support a natural approach to positive mental health.


Clinical Studies

How Nutrition impacts Cognition and Emotion
Spencer SJ, Korosi A, Layé S, Shukitt-Hale B, Barrientos RM. Food for thought: how nutrition impacts cognition and emotion. NPJ Sci Food. 2017;1:7. Published 2017 Dec 6.

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

Lifestyle medicine for depression
Sarris J, O'Neil A, Coulson CE, Schweitzer I, Berk M. Lifestyle medicine for depression. BMC Psychiatry. 2014;14:107. Published 2014 Apr 10. doi:10.1186/1471-244X-14-107

Acute mood but not cognitive improvements following administration of a single multivitamin and mineral supplement in healthy women aged 50 and above: a randomised controlled trial
Macpherson H, Rowsell R, Cox KH, Scholey A, Pipingas A. Acute mood but not cognitive improvements following administration of a single multivitamin and mineral supplement in healthy women aged 50 and above: a randomised controlled trial. Age (Dordr). 2015;37(3):9782. doi:10.1007/s11357-015-9782-0

Relationship of Dietary and Serum Zinc with Depression Score Gonoodi K, Moslem A, Ahmadnezhad M, et al. Relationship of Dietary and Serum Zinc with Depression Score in Iranian Adolescent Girls. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2018;186(1):91-97. doi:10.1007/s12011-018-1301-6
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