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vtmomm posted:
What exactly is amino acid therapy in substance abuse treatment?
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Anthony Tornay, MD responded:
Amino acids are building blocks for proteins, and nutritional therapies for disease have been an area of interest for centuries. Specific amino acids are needed to make certain brain neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, etc.) and — therefore — are of interest in chemical dependency. While restoring adequate nutrition should be a focus in any person seeking treatment for addiction, there are no good controlled studies that show any benefit to specific nutritional supplements such as amino acids.


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