Our Brain Chemistry is Determined By a Fine Balance of Micronutrients

Xanax - relieves anxiety and fear

Xanax - (active substance - alprazolam) - released under the prescription drug recommended for the treatment of conditions that cause increased irritability, and panic disorders. Alprazolam, Xanax active ingredient - a representative of the benzodiazepine group of drugs that have on the human body a complex effect: suppress irritability, cause drowsiness, relax muscles and prevent spasms affect short-term memory.

Benzodiazepines act on the brain, reinforcing the effect of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) - the substance, which is characterized by a calming effect. Gamma-aminobutyric acid can slow down or completely stop transmission of certain signals in the brain. That is why alprazolam (Xanax) and other representatives of the group of benzodiazepines are known primarily as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or CNS-depressant, ie drugs that suppress the central nervous system.

How to take Xanax

Xanax is available in tablet form, which must be taken orally two or three times a day in accordance with the recommended dosage. Take Xanax can be like with food, and their own. If observed after ingestion disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, to prevent this side effect generally helps simultaneously medication with food. Xanax recommended dosage depends on several factors, including the diagnosis, age and health of the patient, presence of other diseases.

Xanax to suppress the symptoms of anxiety disorders: The recommended initial dose - a quarter of a milligram or half-milligram three times a day. Your doctor may recommend a gradual increase Xanax dosage for effective suppression of symptoms or, conversely, reduce the dosage if Xanax is noticeable side effects.

When liver disease and other serious health problems in the elderly recommended initial dose Xanax - no more than a quarter of a milligram two to three times a day. Xanax to suppress the symptoms of panic syndrome: in such cases are usually prescribed higher doses of the drug - from half a milligram three times a day with a gradual increase in dose. This gradual increase in the amount received medication helps reduce the risk of side effects.

Side effects

Taking Xanax, you must strictly follow the doctor's instructions or manufacturer: alprazolam in excess dosage or increasing the duration of the reception rate can cause very serious side effects.

One of the most serious side effects of prolonged use of Xanax - depending on the development of the drug (this effect is also characteristic of other drugs of the benzodiazepine family). Particularly high risk of dependency when taking Xanax on a daily basis over a long period of time or exceed the dosage. Furthermore, the risk group includes patients with dependence on drugs or alcohol and people suffering from panic syndrome - to suppress the symptoms of panic disorders is required, usually a large dose.

Symptoms that may occur during the development of dependence on Xanax and withdrawal syndrome:

panic attacks


Increased irritability, tension



increased perspiration


Mood swings, personality changes

Sensitivity to light or sound

Nausea, vomiting



Micronutrients (Vitamins and Minerals) are essential to brain chemistry because they are an integral part of all the biochemical pathways which lead to the manufacture of the neurotransmitters which help determine our moods - Hence their importance in any discussion about Anxiety, Panic Attacks or Depression.
Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, Molybdenum, Vitamin C, Copper, Iron, Calcium, the "B" Vitamins, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Manganese and others all play a vital role the biochemistry of the digestion of food, the transport and absorption of nutrients into the cells, and the formation of the neurotransmitters.
In our bodies, a delicate balance of these nutrients ensures a perfect brain chemistry outcome. If the balance is disturbed, we get ill - mentally and physically.

It all starts with what we eat , drink, breathe and absorb.

1. Our bodies are the "factory" for the brain chemicals that elevate or depress our moods.

2. The "factory" needs raw materials in order to create it's brain chemistry.
3. The raw materials for our brain chemistry are derived from the food we eat, what we drink, breathe and what our body absorbs by exposure to certain substances.
4. If the soil our food is grown in is deficient in the vital micronutrients, then food we eat will be deficient in the raw materials (vitamins and minerals) that we require for optimal biochemistry.

5. Simple comparisons of soil analysis from 50 years ago and today shows how strikingly different the soil nutrient levels were in years gone by.

6. A vital observation is how the so called "normal" ranges for vitamin and mineral "RDA's" have changed, as the food we eat has been "degraded". This observation is made by comparing charts found in the medical and biochemistry texts of 50 yrs ago and of today.
7. Our brain chemical "factory" requirements have not changed over the years.... so why have the "normal" ranges used by the laboratories changed if our brain chemistry and other biochemistry requirements have not?

 .... hmmm, we won't digress too far and get into the politics of it all....
Anyway.... where does this leave us?

1. With an epidemic of depression and anxiety and related illnesses.
2. An epidemic of childrens diseases
3. Diabetes , Heart Disease and Cancers seen in younger and younger people.

Furthermore,toxic substances abound - we absorb them and they block the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and generally "poison" our biochemistry.
The conventional answer to all of this is to artificially create higher levels of whatever brain chemicals we are deficient in, by giving us more substances (medicines) - some of which have seriously dangerous side effects.
Consider, for a moment, a more rational alternative:

Give the body what it needs to make it's own chemicals:

- All the vitamins and minerals and certain amino acids that it normally requires for optimal functioning.

Astounding results can be achieved, for a fraction of the cost of normal medications.
So let's now further explore the subject by looking at where these nutrients fit into our "happiness equation":

Biochemical Pathways Affecting Mood:

The 5-htp Pathway to Serotonin
The 5-htp Pathway to Melatonin
The Pathway to Adrenalin
Homocystein Metabolism
The Pathway to CoQ10
How low stomach acid causes deficiencies
How copper causes problems

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