The Citric Acid Cycle AKA “The Power Company” is essential for processing and converting all dietary nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fats, amino acids) into useable forms of energy just as any power industry processes coal, gas, or oil for energy production. If you visualize this cycle as a clock, each hour represents an area in which one nutrient converts into a more compatible form of energy. Depending on digestive function, diet, rate of absorption, and the presence of any genetic quirks, a problem might occur at any point within this clock. This may lead to significant metabolic (chemical processing) imbalances within ... ..more
The Urea Cycle filters & processes toxic waste. Makes nitric oxide to limit free radical injury & maintains open & clean blood vessels to protect the heart & brain.
#NitricOxide #UreaCycle #Methylation ..more
Vitamin D Receptor “Determines donors”
VDR Taq tt = -/- (green, no defect) tolerates fewer methyl donors
VDR Taq TT = +/+ (red, complete defect) tolerates more methyl donors
Partial or complete defects may mean you will not readily absorb Vit D from sun exposure. This may also contribute to seasonal depression, particularly when the sun is at it's lowest in the fall/winter season. Many studies in the past decade have noted a strong correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and neurological degeneration. In fact, aside from having implications in Parkinson’s and dementia, this SNP is highly associated with Multiple Sclerosis ... ..more
What does it mean to "spare dopamine"? As mentioned in the above COMT discussion. Not use it? Not create it? ..more
CBS (cystathionine beta synthase) catalyzes the first step of the transsulfuration pathway, from homocysteine to cystathionine. Dr. Yasko considers addressing CBS mutations as first priority aside from addressing the gut.
This enzyme converts homocysteine to cystathionine. In a separate reaction, cystathionine is then converted to cysteine which in turn goes to taurine or glutathione among other things.
CBS defects are actually upregulations. This means the enzyme works too fast. Therefore, it is common to see low levels of cystathionine and homocysteine since there is a rapid conversion to taurine. This leads to high levels of taurine and ammonia.
The upregulation ... ..more
#CBS #NOS Gene Mutation
• Flapping or hand tremors
• Dark circles under eyes
• Disorientation, and brain fog
• Hyperactive reflexes
• NMDA receptor activation, leading to glutamate excitotoxicity
• Tremor of the hands
• Paranoia, panic attacks
• Memory loss
• Hyperventilation (often associated with decreased Carbon dioxide/CO2)
• Central nervous system toxicity
How to reduce Ammonia levels:
The following examples assist in balancing this toxic waste
• Yucca with meals/protein snacks
• Charcoal flush (only 1-2 x week) after last meal of the day (typically 9-10PM)
• CBS/NOS Caps
• MTHFR A1298C Caps (L-Biopterrin increases BH4 levels and the milk thistle also provides ammonia ... ..more
The Energy or Citric Acid Cycle:
The Krebs cycle, also called the citric acid cycle or the “Energy Cycle,” is a series of chemical reactions that convert food (sugar, protein, and fat) into energy (ATP). It is referred to as a cycle since it should always end where it began. This process occurs through three main stages within each cell:
1). Glycolysis, otherwise known as the breakdown of sugar, yields 2 molecules of ATP, 2 molecules of NADH, and two forms of pyruvate (6 forms of currency in all). This is actually a step that takes place before the energy ... ..more
Think “nervous, nimble and nightmares” with Nor-epi. This is due to nor-epinephrine’s #adrenalin effects on the body as the main “fight or flight” #neurotransmitter . It’s essential for action in order to ward off attackers and initiate battle or escape. When we encounter something frightening, such as the sound of someone in your house at 3am, your nervous system releases nor-epinephrine. Once tired, you’ll suddenly feel the need to spring into action! Your heart starts to pound and hearing and vision become extremely acute while muscles tighten for attack. Unless you panic, you’ll also have clearer ... ..more
To learn more about COMT Gene:
Dr. Richard Deth PhD
Dr. Jill James PhD
1) http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.ed... (2006 lectures, please scroll down for oxidative Stress Lecture as well).
2) http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.ed... (2010 Lecture Methylation/Oxidative stress). http://www.youtube.com/watc...
CBS C699T cystathionine beta synthase AKA The Hole in the Bucket. This Priority # 3 Mutation
Tip! It is crucial to address any gut issues before you thoroughly address the CBS defect. Since chronic gut issues lead to higher bacterial loads, thus leading to higher ammonia production as well as leaky gut (reducing nutrient absorption and increased risk for food sensitivity) this area is paramount. You can begin to address the CBS prior to fully addressing gut issues though they should be done in concert. Since the CBS is one of the most important issues to address, I’ve decided to ... ..more