Your MAOA gene makes an enzyme (monoamine oxidase A) that helps the body process two important neurotransmitters: norepinephrine and dopamine. These help your brain and body manage fight-or-flight responses, stress, and conflict. MAOA is also required for using serotonin, another neurotransmitter that is calming for mental health.
Your MAOA gene can act too quickly, which leaves lower levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. This can trigger mood swings, which may be worse if you also have MTHFR polymorphisms or COMT variants. Fast MAOA genes can lead to problems staying asleep, mood swings, poor focus, impulsivity, sugar cravings, and fatigue.
Nutrients that support balanced MAOA activity include tryptophan and glutathione, as well as folate, vitamin B12, and others.
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