Your Questions Answered: Thyme For Gut Health, Asorcbic Acid With Zinc For Migraines & Dopamine To Norepinephrine

Question: From the youtube video “Is Thyme Good For Candida?” is the powder for example in capsules useful for gut health as well ? or does it not have the beneficial oil on it ? Please help

Thyme’s main active ingredients found in the leaves are thymol and carvacol. The supplement form of thyme comes in powdered leaves and adittionally you can find supplements with concentrated thymol and carvacol. Both are effective and are commonly used for bronchitis, asthma, sore throat, upset stomach, flatulence, bacterial infections, and skin disorders. The oil can be applied to the skin, scalp and ears to fight bacterial and fungal infections. Thyme oil can also be used as a mouthwash to help with bad breath, mouth sores and laryngitis. It is however not recommended to ingest thyme oil as it can be toxic to the liver. You can also take thyme to help with gastrointestinal issues. Thyme has antimicrobial properties, which help reduce germs in food and can improve your gut microbes and your overall intestinal health. The active ingredients in supplements that contain herbs and spices are fat soluble so for optimal absorption, try taking it with healthy fats like oils, avocado, nuts and seeds.

Question: Can Ascorbic Acid plus Zinc make headaches go away?

The exact cause of migraines is still unknown but it is though to be primarily caused by neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. Antioxidants from food and in supplement form have been shown to prevent oxidative stress by blocking free radicals. Studies on vitamin C supplementation have shown that it lowers frequency and duration of migraine attacks. Zinc is a mineral that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in the brain. People with migraines are more likely to be zinc deficient and supplementation was associated with lower frequency and intensity of migraine attacks (PMID: 33987139). Other worthy dietary supplements that have evidence for helping migraines include vitamin B2 (reduces oxidative stress), magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and melatonin. Additionally make sure to focus on lifestyle habits that reduce the likelihood of migraines including hydration, quality sleep, exercise, diet and stress management.

Question: How do I increase the enzyme that convert dopamine to norepinephrine? C diff ( HPHPA and cresol) have left my son HVA/MVA Ratio high.

An elevated ratio indicates a decreased conversion of dopamine to norepinephrine by the enzyme dopamine beta-hydroxylase DBH, which is a copper-dependent enzyme. Issues with this enzyme might occur in genetic disorders but also due to a Clostridia infection. Clostridia metabolites can inhibit the enzyme dopamine-beta-hydroxylase which creates excessive dopamine. Tretament with droxidopa can help restore norepinephrine levels. Additionally limiting toxic exposure from heavy metals, pesticides and other air polutants can increase the conversion to norepinephrine by the enzyme. Finally because the enzyme DBH requires copper, focusing on copper rich foods or a copper supplement can also help regulate the hva/mva ratio. Copper rich foods include shellfish like oysters, tofu, spirulina, and mushrooms.

Disclaimer: It’s crucial to consult with your healthcare professional before making any changes to your health regimen or when experiencing symptoms.