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Re: How does lithium work ravenstorm

Posted by barbaracat on July 1, 2005, at 18:58:37

In reply to Re: How does lithium work, posted by ravenstorm on July 1, 2005, at 16:25:20

I'm not 100% on this but I think there's a difference between L-glutamine (inhibitory) and L-glutamate (excitatory). I should have gone back over my notes before saying anything, but I believe L-glutamine is a precursor to GABA. Or is it L-Glycine - or both?!! There's also the amino acid L-aspartate which is very excitatory and bad for bipolars. In fact, any mineral bonded with aspartic acid, i.e., magnesium aspartate, should be avoided.

There's some contention with the targeted amino acid precursor theory that Julia Ross and others espouse, i.e., tryptophan for serotonin, tyrosine for NE, phenylalanine for dopamine, etc., and that other aminos are precursors as well and have to be included in the proper ratios to avoid imabalances. Way too much to keep up with.

Anyhow, Ravenstorm, I'm glad I'm back on lithium and glad I didn't have to go bonkers to prove it to myself. - Barbara

> I would just caution anyone who is BP on running out and buying L-glutamine the amino acid. Julia Ross, who does amino therapy stuff out in California, has finally reallized that L-glutamine can bring about mania in some bipolars.




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