Neurotransmitter Genetic Testing
Three genes have been chosen by our experts to be analyzed for SNPs in the area of Neurotransmitter.
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Have you ever found yourself getting into a mood at the beginning of the day and not being able to shake it? Or do you find yourself going through life and emotionally gliding through whatever comes your way? No matter which you consider yourself, there is a connection between mood and genetics. For example, those with the COMT single-nucleotide polymorphism, or SNP, experience a difficult time calming down or regulating excitatory neurotransmitters. But what are neurotransmitters (NTs) and their relationship to SNPs? Can neurotransmitter testing help a patient or someone suffering from problems associated with neurotransmitter imbalance in any way?
Brain Chemistry of Neurotransmitters
Billions of neurons exist in the brain. These cells share information with other nerve cells through electrical impulses, allowing for thought and communication throughout the body. Neurotransmitters inform many necessary processes like getting your stomach to digest, your heart to beat, or your lungs to breathe. While all neurotransmitters transmit information, they do not all do so in the same manner or with the same intention.
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There are “inhibitory” neurotransmitters and “excitatory” neurotransmitters. Inhibitory neurotransmitters work to counterbalance excitatory neurotransmitters and are considered the “feel-good” neurotransmitters. GABA, serotonin, and dopamine are among a few. They allow the brain to calm and feel balanced. Excitatory neurotransmitters are responsible for motivation, focus, anxiety, stress, and more. Norepinephrine and epinephrine (noradrenaline and adrenaline) are classified as excitatory, stimulating the brain.
Imbalance of Inhibitory & Excitatory Neurotransmitters
It’s not uncommon for the body to run out of inhibitory neurotransmitters when one has overactive excitatory neurotransmitters. When inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters are not working together and are imbalanced, moods like anger, agitation, anxiety, depression can occur. Change in weight, sleep issues, and poor concentration can also be a byproduct. An estimated 86% of Americans have an imbalance between inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters.
How Neurotransmitter Genetic Testing Can Help
The issues that accompany an imbalance of inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters can be exacerbated by specific genetic SNPs in neurotransmitter markers like COMT, MAO-A, MAO-B, GAB 12. Drugs (recreational and/or prescription), neurotoxins, stress, alcohol, poor diet, and caffeine can also fuel symptoms by encouraging these SNPs to further express themselves.
Genomix Nutrition’s neurotransmitter genetic testing shares what SNPs you have within the neurotransmitter markers. This information allows Genomix Nutrition to recommend nutritionally support specific to those genetic shortcomings. Ultimately, neurotransmitter genetic testing lets doctors and their patients understand their underlying issues with neurotransmitter function and implement personalized solutions.