SAMe

SAMe, S-Adenosyl Methionine

S-Adenosyl Methionine is a form of the ##amino acid## methionine. The human body produces all the ademetionine it needs for a balanced health. However, low levels of methionine, folate, or vitamin B-12 can lower ademetionine levels. This chemical is not found in any food source, so to normalize its levels, the use of synthetic version is indicated. SAMe works in the immune system, keeping cell membranes healthy, and it also helps the metabolism of brain chemicals, like serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine

Nutraceutic

  • Origin Plant Based, Animal Product, Synthetic
  • Source Milk, Eggs, Meat, Fish, Soybean, Vegetables, Synthetic
  • Type Amino Acid, Nootropic

Cognitive Function and Brain Health

Cognitive functions are brain skills divided into: memory, perception, language, executive functions, attention and praxis (ability to perform complex movements). These functions depend on healthy synapses and neurons, which require good overall brain functioning. Supplements can affect cognitive function directly or indirectly. Direct effects can alter or participate in neurotransmissions and influence the brain's energy metabolism. The indirect effects include hormonal changes that affect the brain, and improvements in cognitive disorders such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.
  • Memory

    Memory is the faculty by which the brain encodes, stores, and retrieves information. It is a record of experience for guiding future action.

Liver Health

The liver is responsible for many physiological processes, such as nutrient metabolism, filtration of toxins, lipid profile regulation, etc. It is an extremely important organ for the organism, since it acts in general body homeostasis. The substances that help in liver functioning aids the detoxification pathways, preventing the liver from overloading itself.
  • Anti-Oxidant

    The liver metabolizes various compounds that produce free radicals. However, antioxidants scavenge those free radicals and maintain the oxidative/antioxidative balance in the liver, which is one of the most import metabolism organs in the body.

Energy and Mood

Energy and mood are associated with several external and internal factors. Hormone release, brain chemical balance, nutrient metabolism, and several other elements alter the way the body and mind respond to daily activities. The compounds that benefit energy and mood are the ones that help in the balance of all these factors.
  • Depression

    Depression is a chronic and recurrent psychiatric condition that produces mood changes characterized by deep sadness, mood swings, loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.
  • Age Range Teenagers (13-19), Adults (20-59), Seniors (>60)
  • Toxicity May be toxic in high doses
  • Side effects Drowsiness, Insomnia, Constipation, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain
  • Warnings Mood Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease

Why be Careful

Ademetionine interacts with serotonin, a brain chemical that is involved in Bipolar Disorder and Parkinson's Desease. When combined with medications that also affect serotonin, ademetionine can increase the risk of serotonin syndrome. This is a potentially serious condition caused by high levels of serotonin in the brain. Side effects can include heart problems, shivering, and anxiety.

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