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 and supports good mental health.
Your MAOA gene may be too slow if you have a variant, which leaves higher levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. This can trigger mood swings, which may be worse if you also have MTHFR or COMT polymorphisms. Slow MAOA genes can lead to head pain, annoyance, worry, or problems falling asleep.
Nutrients that support balanced MAOA activity include vitamin B2 and glutathione, as well as folate, vitamin B12, and others.
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