• MAOA For Mental Health Conditions

    This post is about the MAOA gene and how it can contribute to your mental health. The MAOA is an enzyme that helps and encourages the production of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These are three important neurotransmitters, and when in balance can have a positive effect on brain functioning. You can read more about neurotransmitters here. When your MAOA gene is malfunctioning, it can be detrimental to your mental health. It can be the cause of mood swings as found in people with bipolar disorder. Now, a malfunctioning MAOA gene can either be too fast or too slow. If your MAOA gene is fast, then your brain is eliminating dopamine,…

  • COMT

    COMT For Optimizing Mental Health

    The COMT gene polymorphism may be an issue for you or your loved one suffering from mental health issues. This is apparent to those who have tried the MTHFR approach and have gotten better than immediately worse on methyl folate supplementation. Many people who start methyl folate feel better at first and get relief, then suddenly feel worse. They can get filled with aggression, torment panic attacks, and crying spells. Now back to COMT – mutations have been associated with ADHD, depression, and autism. Now there are those with a fast COMT, and those with a slow COMT. Those who have a fast COMT have lower dopamine available and may…

  • ADHD

    Could The Problem Be ADHD?

    ADHD ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some people may have ADD instead without being hyperactive, but many physicians look at the two as one condition. ADHD is more common in active males, and ADD is more common in quiet females. Symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, poor time management skills, poor concentration, trouble multitasking, easy frustration, and more. If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from ADHD/ADD you may want to consider medications. Let’s take a look at the list of medications for this condition. Stimulants for ADHD Stimulant medications are the most commonly prescribed drug for this condition. These medications work by increasing…

  • Epigenetics

    How To Be Your Best With Epigenetics

    Epigenetics Epigenetics is any process that alters gene activity and expression without changing the DNA sequence. There are different types of epigenetic processes. Some of the major ones include methylation, acetylation, phosphorylation, ubiquitylation, and sumolyation. It is likely that other processes will be revealed as research and studies proceed. Epigenetic processes are natural and essential to many organism functions. The thing is if they are occuring improper, there can be adverse health and behavioral effects. Many of these health concerns relate to mental health. With research, we know that the chemical reactions and environment that starts in the womb can determine which genes get expressed and which get silenced in…