Lowering Glutamate | Lithium Orotate

In this post, we are referring to the low-dose mineral supplement, Lithium Orotate,  and not the high-dose prescription, Lithium Carbonate, which is known to have many side effects. Again, this is not considered medical advice and dosing/exposure will depend on individual needs. "Lithium is thought to help regulate the neurotransmitter glutamate by keeping the amount of glutamate between brain cells at a stable, healthy level to support healthy brain function. The mineral has been shown to be neuroprotective and to prevent neuronal cell death from free radical stress, effectively protecting neurons from glutamate-induced, NMDA receptor-mediated free [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Lithium Orotate2021-09-16T12:55:12-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Astragalus Root

This is a powerful immune stimulator for anti-viral immunity and it powerfully inhibits the cytokine storm. Most immune stimulators activate the microglia. When this is done frequently, the microglia can be chronically activated, resulting in an outpouring of inflammatory cytokines and glutamate. There have been studies examining the TNF-α cytokine which is typically increased with immune stimulators, but astragalus, in particular, DECREASES TNF-α cytokines. I cannot tell you exactly why this happens, but there have been a few studies indicating that it does. Astragaloside IV Attenuates Glutamate-Induced Neurotoxicity in PC12 Cells through Raf-MEK-ERK Pathway https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4427284/ It [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Astragalus Root2021-09-16T11:57:25-04:00

Yeast Fighting Tea

For quite some time, we've been making a yeast fighting herbal tea comprised of various loose herbals with anti-fungal properties.  However, I've always hesitated to share specific herbal information publicly due to individual sensitivity. Fortunately, I've teamed up with the Rogue Herbalist to ensure the following recipe is legitimate and safer to use. This mild tea is an easy and gentle way to help combat underlying yeast/candida overgrowth in the gut.  While it can be served hot or cold, we have always preferred it to be served cold, over ice, similar to a sweet-tea. So why an [...]

Yeast Fighting Tea2021-09-16T11:58:39-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Cistus

Our family LOVES to hike and can be found wandering in the woods during most of the summer.  After a bullseye rash and Lyme scare a few years ago, I started incorporating the herb Cistus prior to hiking as it is known to repel ticks.  This mild and sweet-tasting herb was an easy addition to our herbal teas but wasn’t until recently that I discovered the true benefits of this incredible herb. Sardinian Cistus Incanus has a long list of healing properties, but is most well known for its anti-bacterial, anti-mold, anti-viral (Lyme, herpes, EBV, HIV, etc) properties [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Cistus2021-09-16T12:11:45-04:00

Incorporating Herbs

Immune dysfunction due to underlying infections and imbalances is one of the most prominent reasons for elevated glutamate levels.  Herbs are used to help combat underlying infections, intestinal overgrowth, pathogens, calm microglial activation, and restore proper gut and neurological function. Many families start with culinary herbs, slowly work to incorporate healing herbal teas and build up from there (powders, tinctures, etc), based on their individual needs. We've personally found the most benefit from herbs by introducing one at a time, going low and slow (you don't want to continually induce the cell danger response), and ultimately incorporating/pulsing [...]

Incorporating Herbs2021-09-16T12:17:20-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Flaxseed Oil

"Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is immensely globally used as a food aroma and additive, several studies indicated its toxicity in different body organs. Here, we aimed to evaluate brain dysfunctions in experimental animal that administered MSG and appreciate the beneficial role of flaxseed oil in attenuating this effect." "The results of this study indicated that MSG was responsible for brain dysfunction that appeared in disturbances of neurotransmitters levels. In addition , the administration of omega-3 fatty acids in treated group effectively attenuated this dysfunctions through replacing omega-6 fatty acids in the neurocells by omega-3 fatty acids that [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Flaxseed Oil2021-09-16T12:19:00-04:00

Care Provider Sample Letter

One of the harder tasks we were faced with, was how to briefly summarize the severity of the glutamate sensitivity to our care providers (teachers, babysitters, and even family). While this letter is specific to our son, it may help serve as a guide as to how to explain this to care providers.  You may also want to print this list for their reference. Dear [INSERT NAME OF RECIPIENT HERE], I know [INSERT CHILDS NAME HERE] food allergies can be quite confusing so I am going to attempt to give you a little more information as to what [...]

Care Provider Sample Letter2021-09-16T12:21:28-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Mitochondrial Supports

Mitochondrial Supports CoQ10, L-Carnitine, ALA– “Increasing energy production, using coenzyme Q-10,, L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid, and other metabolic precursors and substrates can significantly reduce glutamate excitotoxic damage”  http://www.encognitive.com/…/A%20POSSIBLE%20CENTRAL… Why Is This Important? Glutamate is also the most abundant neurotransmitter, responsible for regulating over 50% of the nervous system. It is classified as an excitatory neurotransmitter, which means it excites or stimulates nerve cells located throughout the nervous system. Glutamate also has the ability to regulate other neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin and GABA are great examples. When glutamate is in excess it is extremely toxic [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Mitochondrial Supports2021-09-16T12:24:51-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle (contains flavonoid, silymarin)– inhibits microglial activation. “Silymarin protects dopaminergic neurons against lipopolysaccharide-induced neurotoxicity by inhibiting microglia activation” .https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12473078 "In conclusion, it was conducted that there were toxic effects of MSG on male rabbits through increase the damage in the liver and Kidney and oxidative stress through elevation in ALT, AST enzymes, creatinine and cholesterol. Also, with adding Silymarin daily in a dose of (1.2mg/100g BW) showed ameliorative Impact of (Silymarin) on Monosodium Glutamate Toxicity" HEMATOLOGICAL STUDY OF SILYMARIN ON MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE TOXICITY IN RABBITS http://www.plantarchives.org/SPL%20ISSUE%2020-2/1__1-6_.pdf OTHER BENEFITS Anti-inflammatory Antioxidant Can help with glutathione production Improves [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Milk Thistle2021-09-16T12:26:13-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | B8 (Inositol)

Vitamin B8 (Inositol)- found in brown rice, organ meats, citrus, nuts, and leafy greens. Inositol (B8) is key in excess glutamate break down… “As a nootropic, Vitamin B8 (Inositol) can be used to treat panic attacks and anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), bulimia, depression in bipolar disorder and mood swings.” https://nootropicsexpert.com/vitamin-b8-inositol/ Why Is This Important? Glutamate is also the most abundant neurotransmitter, responsible for regulating over 50% of the nervous system. It is classified as an excitatory neurotransmitter, which means it excites or stimulates nerve cells located throughout the nervous system. Glutamate [...]

Lowering Glutamate | B8 (Inositol)2021-09-16T12:27:11-04:00
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