Brain Balance is a unique formula designed to ensure the proper levels and balance of the neurotransmitters in the brain- resulting in reduced anxiety, elevated mood, and improved focus and concentration.
The brain is a chemical factory that makes chemical messengers called neurotransmitters that regulate mood 24 hours a day. Neurotransmitters relay messages from one neuron to another, and each one has a different effect on our mood and behavior.
Our neurotransmitters are either excitatory, causing a neuron to send a signal, or inhibitory, preventing a signal from being sent. The excitatory system sends signals to speed things up, get things going. The inhibitory system helps to slow things down or stops signals from continuing.
If the levels of excitatory neurotransmitters get too high, you can feel out of control, overexcited, racy, or anxious. If inhibitory neurotransmitter levels are too high, important signals may be stopped. This can lead to symptoms of depression, fatigue, or compulsive behaviors.
Taken as a whole, neurotransmitter imbalances can cause an endless list of health challenges, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, problems with memory and focus, irritable bowel syndrome, hormone dysfunction, fibromyalgia, obsessions, compulsions, adrenal dysfunction, chronic pain, migraine headaches, and even early death.
What causes or contributes to neurotransmitter imbalances?
• Prolonged periods of stress can seriously deplete our levels. Our fast paced, fast food society greatly contributes to these imbalances.
• Poor diet. Neurotransmitters are made in the body from proteins and certain vitamins and minerals called co-factors. If your nutrition is poor and you don't take in enough protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, or minerals to build the neurotransmitters, an imbalance develops.
• Genetic factors, faulty metabolism, and digestive issues can impair absorption and breakdown of our food, which in turn reduces our ability to manufacture neurotransmitters.
• Toxic substances like heavy metals, pesticides, and some prescription drugs can cause permanent damage to the nerve cells that make serotonin and other neurotransmitters • Certain drugs and substances like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, NutraSweet, antidepressants, and some cholesterol lowering medications deplete serotonin and other neurotransmitter levels.
• Hormone changes cause low levels of serotonin and neurotransmitter imbalances.
Once symptoms emerge, correcting imbalances is not as simple as eating the right foods. It requires specialized supplementation at higher levels than can be obtained from your diet.
Why don't other approaches work for me?
Most antidepressant medications- and herbs like St. Johns Wort- move neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine out of the pre-synaptic neuron and into the synapse. It's important to understand that they do not add any molecules of serotonin to the brain's supply. Scientific studies have shown that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) must have adequate supplies of serotonin in order for them to be effective. The same is true for herbs like St.John's Wort. If you're deficient to begin with you may not have a good response with those types of treatment.
But Brain Balance gives your brain the raw materials it needs to actually make more serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and GABA.
The Brain Balance Formula
Brain Balance uses researched clinically proven ingredients that increase and balance neurotransmitters in the brain.
The Brain Balance formula contains therapeutic dosages of the precursors that make serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine in the brain. Other products may contain similar ingredients but at concentrations far too low to be effective. Brain Balance contains 75mg of 5-HTP per capsule, much more than the other leading brands. You would need to take many more capsules of other brands, at a much higher cost, to receive the benefits you get from the Brain Balance formula.
5- Hydroxytryptophan- an amino acid proven in clinical studies to increase serotonin in the brain. 5-HTP, along with required nutrient co-factors found in this formula, increase brain serotonin levels to reduce depression, anxiety, and the sleep/wake cycle.
L-Theanine increases levels of GABA. It works to prevent neurotransmitter overstimulation, keeping the excitatory system in balance. L-Theanine has been studied extensively for its ability to reduce the uptake of the excitatory amino acid glutamate and regulate how much serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine are excreted. It has been found to have a protective effect on the brain's neurons, shielding them from the effects of oxidation and glutamate overstimulation.
L-Tyrosine- a precursor for the catecholamine's (dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine). Supports healthy, energy level, mental clarity, positive mood, stress response, and thyroid function.
Calcium Citrate- Involved with epinephrine release. A deficiency in calcium can cause irritability, anxiety, and insomnia.
Folic Acid- folate deficiency is linked to depression, insomnia, anorexia, forgetfulness, hyperirritability, apathy, fatigue and anxiety.
Vitamin B6 as pyridoxyl 5 phosphate the active co-enzymatic form of B6. The cofactor for enzymes that convert tryptophan to serotonin and L-tyrosine to norepinephrine.
Vitamin C- A required co-factor for the conversion of 5-HTP to serotonin. Prevents 5-HTP from converting to serotonin in the GI tract.
How does Brain Balance work?
Nutritional support for depression includes two critical components:
• Supplementation with specific amino acids that are precursors to neurotransmitters, and
• Supportive treatment with vitamins, minerals, and dietary modifications.
Brain Balance's unique formula has ingredients that not only increase levels of the commonly deficient neurotransmitters, but also supports GABA, which helps calm the system by reducing excessive neurotransmitter activity.
The Brain Balance formula supplies the amino acids and vitamin cofactors critical to the production of neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically those involved in mood regulation and balancing of the inhibitory and excitatory system.
Brain Balance contains neurotransmitter precursors and nutrient co-factors to:
• Reduce anxiety
• Elevate mood
• Improve focus and concentration
• Increase GABA & serotonin production
• Increase dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine
• Modulate glutamate
Side Effect and Drug Interaction Information
Studies have shown that the ingredients in Brain Balance are safe and effective. Our patient feedback indicates that most experience symptom reduction within weeks. When taken as directed side effects are extremely rare. The GMP certified manufacturing facility utilizes the highest quality USP pharmaceutical grade raw materials.
Because Brain Balance doesn't contain hyperforin or hypericum (St. John's Wort) there is NO interaction with birth control pills or other prescription medications that are documented to interact with the herb.
Brain Balance may boost the effectiveness of certain antidepressant medication- such as SSRI's- by increasing neurotransmitter supplies, but this should be done only under the guidance of a health practitioner. Brain Balance should not be taken if you are taking an MAO inhibitor like Marplan, Parnate, or Nardil. If you are pregnant or nursing consult your health practitioner before taking this or any medications or supplements.
Side effects are generally mild, and may include nausea, vomiting, or GI upset, and typically subside with continued product use. Side effects may also reduce when doses are lowered or taken with food.
The Developer of Brain Balance
Brain Balance was developed by Valerie Balandra ARNP, a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and holistic health practitioner. Valerie has been practicing in the field of psychiatric nursing for over twenty years. Her areas of expertise are psychopharmacology,
and natural treatments for depression and adrenal fatigue, based on a proven process of neurotransmitter testing and targeted amino acid therapy to identify and treat neurotransmitter imbalances. She has written numerous articles and appeared on national radio health
programs, speaking on natural cures for depression and anxiety.
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