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What is learned helplessness?
Many people live their lives full of depression and hopelessness. Pharmaceutical companies are making a fortune from people who believe drugs are the only answer. Watch television and you’ll be offered a free sample of popular antidepressants. The idea that a person could benefit instead by taking nutritional supplements has been studied since at least 1986.
In important ways, humans are no different than the lab rats in the learned helplessness study. The factors of learned helplessness, as you will see, could be affecting many people. In this experiment, rats in a closed cage were made helpless by a series of hundreds of harmless yet scary shocks. When the wall separating them from an escape was eventually removed, the rats remained. They quivered inside their cage bound by their learned helplessness. Even though they were physically capable of jumping out, they no longer recognized the opportunity.
The outcome was altered in a positive way when the biochemistry of the rats was altered. Scientists found after examining the brains of these animals that they were depleted of noradrenaline. This is the factor that enabled the rats to try to get out and, when depleted, it eliminated their ability to continue to try to get out. They had developed learned helplessness.
Then it was found that if you supplemented the rats’ diet with precursors to noradrenaline, such as phenylalanine or tyrosine, they would quickly unlearn the helplessness and start jumping out. Even more interesting, if the rats were given these supplements at the beginning of the experiment they were much more resistant to becoming helpless, no matter how long the shocks went on.
Too often, we are bound by our belief that the “walls” around us prevent us from achieving our goals. Even when our “learned helplessness” walls come down, we can remain in our mental paralysis. We may know what to do intellectually but, as the rat study indicates, we can be predisposed by our biochemical mental state to accept our fate, just as if a wall surrounded us.
This study provides a very important lesson for humans. That success in life depends less on your IQ, education or connections than on your persistence.
The difference between someone who is successful and someone who is not is often the ability to continue toward a goal, even though they’re encountering difficulties along the way.
EnergyFix™ & BrainFix™ can help you break through your wall, tear it down, and overcome many of the limitations that prevent you from achieving your maximum potential.
Our EnergyFix™ & BrainFix™ are designed to help you work longer and harder. It goes beyond that by enabling you to enjoy what you’ve accomplished. Many people who work hard all day are too tired to look back at what they’ve accomplished. They are left feeling helpless and tired. It’s important to feel good about what you’ve done.
Why are neurotransmitters so important?
Everything that you do begins in your brain – every thought, every memory, and every will to move a muscle. Everything that goes on in your body happens because of the release of neurotransmitters. EnergyFix® and BrainFix™ are specifically designed to provide nutrients that your brain can use to make more neurotransmitters. The results are pretty remarkable.
Mental Fitness formulations were created in the early 70’s. Studies show that choline produces a neurotransmitter in your brain known as acetylcholine. Noradrenaline, the brain’s version of adrenaline, is required for alertness, activity and ‘get up and go’. When you have ample amounts of noradrenaline you can make quick decisions and have effortless memory. There is also a related neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is important in the reward system of pleasure. It is also essential for memory recall, where you have to stop for a moment to retrieve information.
Neurotransmitters are not drugs; they’re natural substances made by neurons in your brain from nutrients in your diet. The neurotransmitters transmit nerve signals across the synapses from one nerve to another. They’re a basic substrate for the transmission of information in your brain.
The amount of activity that you can perform has a lot to do with the supply of the neurotransmitters that are available to your brain. That supply, in turn, depends on the availability of raw materials the brain receives from your diet or from supplements.
One fascinating statistic is that 80% of the population does not get the FDA’s recommended daily allowance of one or more of the essential nutrients you need to make the most important neurotransmitters, dopamine and noradrenaline. So it is understandable that the number one complaint doctors get from their patients is that they feel chronically tired or fatigued. Now we hasten to warn against the assumption that if you are chronically weary then all you need is one of our supplements containing phenylalanine and co-factors. You may have a medical condition, which needs to be treated by a doctor. If you feel chronically tired, go to a doctor; have him or her do lab work for you. If everything checks out then EnergyFix®/ BrainFix™ may be your best solution for feeling better.
The problem we face is not the availability of precursors. Phenylalanine is a precursor of the neurotransmitter noradrenaline, for example, and is available in the typical diet. Most of it, however, may be squandered through competition with other amino acids for transport across the blood-brain barrier or used for other purposes such as building proteins or for gluconeogenesis (making glucose from amino acids). Co-factors are also an issue. If you go into a health food store, you’ll be able to find phenylalanine capsules easily. Sometimes you take them and something happens; you get more energized. Many times nothing at all happens. Part of that is because other nutrients such as vitamin B6 and vitamin C, folic acid and copper are needed in order to convert phenylalanine into noradrenaline and dopamine. These are essential nutrients that are required as co-factors to enzymes that are involved in the process of conversion. These materials – the copper and the vitamin B6 – are also required to convert phenylalanine into beta phenylethylamine, which is a neuromodulator in your brain that modulates the effects of noradrenaline and dopamine and probably some other neurotransmitters as well.
When these formulations were designed the specific pathways along which these nutrients operate were studied. Once it was discovered that noradrenaline and dopamine were being depleted by excessively hard work, the obvious question to answer was how does the brain make them. It is important to know what nutrients, enzymes and co-factors are required? Most of this has been known since the mid-1960’s. The metabolic pathway charts, which show each step in the process of going from phenylalanine to noradrenaline, are widely and readily available.
Experiments have shown how much noradrenaline can be produced. One experiment involved army personnel who had to fly halfway around the world and then engage in simulated combat. They used a related amino acid, tyrosine, as a supplement. They found that tyrosine could help fight the fatigue and brain fade that occur. Another study involved the breakdown products of noradrenaline and other neurotransmitters that are found in the urine after various kinds of activities. It is known that more of the breakdown products of noradrenaline appear after mentally fatiguing activities, such as working long hours.
In an experiment performed on office workers in Japan who were given difficult mental tasks to perform, it was discovered that, if the difficult mental tasks went on even for a couple of hours, a supplement didn’t make a drastic difference. However, in an all-day task of eight hours or more, supplements made a real difference – particularly as the day wore on – in terms of the person’s alertness and ability to perform.
BrainFix at Night
If you are going to study at night but don’t feel like you need a physical energy boost, then BrainFix™ taken alone works wonderfully. Your body can make noradrenaline and dopamine during the day and night. The difference is that at night you don’t use them as fast as during the day. Your brain isn’t running as fast and you’re not making as many decisions. You do not have to remember as much information. You make noradrenaline at night considerably faster than you use it and you store it in the synaptic vesicles. When you wake up in the morning you’ll literally have a big discharge of it, in your brain and in the rest of your body.
There are a few people whose discharge system for noradrenaline doesn’t work correctly, and they may take literally half an hour to get themselves out of bed. If they were to just suddenly stand up, they will literally pass out and fall flat on the floor. There’s not enough noradrenaline to support the necessary level of blood pressure. This condition is a particular type of hypotension that occurs on arising in the morning. It’s called orthostatic hypotension. It’s relatively rare, but it indicates an extreme case of what can happen when noradrenaline isn’t released in your body. We’re dealing primarily with the brain. Anybody who has to work hard – particularly if they are self-employed – will find that sitting in front of a computer all day can be just as wearying as digging a ditch. Yet at the end of the day when you feel totally wiped out, it has nothing to do with having exercised your muscles to exhaustion. It’s the result of the work your brain has done. If a person gets too depleted of brain chemicals, they will lack the initiative to do things that are necessary. They may not even recognize opportunities right in front of them. One of the biggest problems in America is that many people don’t recognize and take advantage of opportunities that become available to them.
This is especially important for entrepreneurs or for people who work in the stock market. For that matter, anybody who would like to have a better job than they have now. No one gets promoted for just sitting there, doing exactly what they’re told and no more, all because of their lack of initiative.
There are people who would like to run their own business who just let the opportunities go by one after another. Eventually they discover that they’re locked into a job in which they will never get what they really want.
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