Can you balance your brain with nutrition? Well, science says yes. Our brains need specific nutrients for proper functioning. And malfunctioning brains need more.
At the center of the brain lies the maestro—the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus orchestrates the symphony of hormones produced by the neuro-immune-endocrine system. These “hormones” control all of your body’s functioning — digestion, detoxification, growth, repair, sleep, sex drive, reproduction, stress response, metabolism, body composition, immunity, healing, cognition, learning, and memory.
The hypothalamus also controls the amino acids that the rest of the brain uses to function. And most people do not get the proper nutrition to supply the brain with what it needs for optimal function. That’s one of the reasons antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and memory-enhancing drugs are so commonly prescribed today.
Many depressed, anxious, learning disabled and stressed patients are best served by healing their hypothalamus.
Seven times Seven
In 1998, I began researching the hypothalamus. I believed I could feed the brain to help balance it. I was stymied to discover ONE SINGLE nutrient that would help the Hormonally Challenged patients I was seeing. My son suggested I meditate on it and see what came to me in dreams.
The first seven nights, I awoke each morning from dreaming of a different set of seven amino acids. Each corresponding to the hypothalamic control of the endocrine glands. Seven times seven.
After following my intuition and paying close attention to my dreams. I began clinical studies. Because the technology to derive vitamins, minerals, and essential micronutrients from plants had yet to be discovered, I was not able to mix the entire Genesis Gold® formula until three years later. Yet I could mix the plant-based amino acids so, I formulated Sacred Seven®.
I believe what you intend becomes. So I mixed the Sacred Seven® amino acids with the intention to heal the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body.
Men and women from 16 to 80 years old volunteered to take the proprietary amino acid formula. Data was collected before and after administration of the amino acids and was tailored to measure hypothalamic functioning including — vital signs, blood chemistries, and well-being questionnaires. Subjects were asked to keep journals and report physical changes as well as psycho-social changes.
Pilot studies with Sacred Seven® amino acid formula revealed:
- Normalization of circadian rhythm
- Normalization of adrenal function
- Normalization of basal body temperature
- Deepening of sleep with increased dream recall
- Increased energy
- Less muscle and joint pain
- Increased regularity of menstrual cycles
- Decreased need for hormonal supplementation
- Stabilization of pancreatic endocrine function
- Improved body composition
- Anti-aging effects of skin, hair, eyes
- Enhanced general well-being
- Improved memory
- Increased awareness and intuition
In a second study, the full Genesis Gold® formula was given to a small sampling of subjects who reported enhancement of health and psycho-spiritual well-being. The pilot studies on the full formula mirrored the research on the core
Sacred Seven® amino acids but without the need for additional nutritional supports. The full Genesis Gold® formulation covered the micronutrient needs of the assimilation and detoxification pathways, enhancing neuro-immune-endocrine functioning and potentially genetic expression.
The choice is yours. Most people just take Genesis Gold®. They want full nutritional support and appreciate that they are getting everything they need in one formula. Some only take Sacred Seven®. They want enhanced hypothalamic and brain support and may not be ready for the full formula. Some take both.
I take both. Sacred Seven® to enhance my brain function and keep me well balanced during these perimenopausal years and Genesis Gold® to fill my micronutrient needs, support detoxification, enhance digestion and assimilation, increase my energy, and give me a full spectrum anti-aging effect.
Like any scientist, I was my own guinea pig. I took the Sacred Seven® amino acids along with the first pilot study. But first I took myself off bio-identical hormone replacement therapy I had been using to treat runner’s amenorrhea. I also stopped all other supplementation.
Within two months, I had my first normal menstrual cycle in over 20 years. I also craved meat… which was disturbing since I had been a vegetarian for seven years. But I had decided to “listen” to my body like I had instructed my patients… so I ate meat. And felt great! In fact, my mild anemia cleared up. Then I began craving orange vegetables — pumpkins, yams, butternut squash. So I ate them too and did not suffer from the winter blues. Interesting.
Granted I had put on five pounds, my overweight patients do not gain, but most lose the extra body fat. I apparently needed to gain… the same amount of weight I gained each time I conceived. In spite of my gynecologist’s warning that with such low body fat, I was probably infertile, my two children came to me in dreams (like Genesis Gold®), so I let my body take over AND it gained five pounds AND I conceived.
Not since my pregnancies had I been so attuned to my body. It was like my DNA was talking… loudly… telling me what to eat, when to rest, and how much to exercise. Sacred Seven® amino acids changed my life. I slept well for the first time… having suffered somnambulance—sleepwalking nearly every night for 18 years was exhausting.
Yet I could no longer exercise. Now I usually instruct my patients on regular exercise. But I was fanatic. I only had 12% body fat, I had been running competitively since high school and had competed as a triathlete for seven years before conceiving Genesis Gold®. Almost as soon as I began the Sacred Seven® amino acids, I could not even think about running without my Achilles tendon aching horribly. So I walked. I learned to dance. I rode my horse. And when my body said it was ok to run, I enjoyed the scenery for the first time ever.
Once I found an organic manufacturer for Genesis Gold®, I switched my alliance. I am better supported with the full formula, no more outrageous cravings to fill in my nutritional deficits. And I eat well. We grow most of our own fruits and vegetables and buy organic, but even I cannot gather all the nutrients necessary to support my body, mind, and soul in our modern world. So now with Genesis Gold®, I can eat anything I desire and I feel great.
Over the past ten years, I have maintained that crucial five pounds, no more, no less, without obsessive exercise. I am vibrant and still menstruating although each of my three younger sisters have gone through menopause, some eight years before our mother — a testament to how stress robs you of your hormonal competence without the support of Genesis Gold®.
So why do I take Sacred Seven® too? Because as a healer dealing with the Hormonally Challenged, I need extra hypothalamic and genetic support to maintain optimal health. Although Sacred Seven® is in Genesis Gold®, the extra amino acids also helps me maintain my creative energies… to write books, design my home and garden, and conceive new products. I’ll keep you posted.
Sacred Seven® is the only nutritional formula designed specifically to support the hypothalamus.
May your Hormones be in Harmony,
Deborah Maragopoulos MN FNP
Intuitive Integrative Health