The neurotransmitter test provides a framework for understanding the connection of our body’s physical health to our brain’s well-being. In a nutshell, it is an effective advanced screening tool designed to gather information about the levels of specific neurotransmitters, amino acid precursors, and metabolites originating in various organs throughout the body.
These molecules convey messages to the brain either directly by crossing the blood-brain barrier, indirectly via the nerves of the enteric nervous system, or the vagus nerve itself. The levels of these molecules, determined by the neurotransmitter test (too low, too high, or just right, i.e., within range), are as individual as each individual patient, reflective of that person’s own ecosystem (genes + lifestyle + environment).
Discovering the detailed interplay between neurotransmitters and perhaps other endocrine signaling molecules, has helped fortify our understanding of how biological function in the body influences brain health. The results of the test provide a biochemical basis that helps explain mental health-related symptoms the patient is suffering from and enable the practitioner to move forward with creating a highly individualized therapeutic intervention, usually based on a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes that include personalized nutritional intervention strategies (e.g., methylation support, antioxidants, targeted amino acids, vitamins + minerals, adaptogens, etc.).
This test is a great example of how complementary medicine tackles the notion of “chemical imbalance” from something hypothetical, subjective, and rather elusive; to quantifiable, objective and, more importantly, therapeutically actionable.
NeuroAdvanced Profile Includes: GABA, Glu, Gly, DA, Epi, NE, HIST, 5-HT, PEA, DOPAC, HVA, 5-HIAA, NMN, VMA Trp, Kyn, 3-OHkyn, Tau, Gln, His, N-MeHist, Tyra, KynAc, Xanth, Tyr, Crtn
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