Not all that long ago no one had heard of pyrroles, and mood disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD were chalked up to ‘chemical imbalances in the brain’. In an effort to treat, drugs like Zoloft, Effexor, Aropax, Valium, Temaze were prescribed to the point that at least 1 in 20 were on some kind of prescribed mind altering psychotropic drug.
Over the last 5 years, the term ‘chemical imbalance’ has been widely dropped and it has been generally accepted that this is not what is going on in those challenged by mood disorders, but the level of anti-psychotic medications has not declined - despite the obvious lack of knowledge in how they work in the human brain.
Where pyrroles come into the picture is the nutritional approach to supporting mood issues. There are a few key nutrients that are essential for healthy nerve function – magnesium, zinc, vit C, B6, B1, B2 and others - but the production of pyrroles stops a couple of key nutrients from getting to the nerve cell by binding onto the nutrient and making it unavailable – essentially one part of your body is robbing another part. The more this process occurs, the more starved the entire nervous system is and the more severe the symptoms.
It is known that stress increases the production of pyrroles and this is the exact time you need to have all of those nutrients available to you. So what we begin to see is a clinical worsening of symptoms.
One of those nutrients bound up by the pyrroles is zinc. In it’s simplest explanation – we need zinc and there is not a lot of zinc in our soils, therefore not much in our food. We need zinc for good mood, immunity, taste and smell, tissue repair, growth, digestion and more – so it is certainly a nutrient in demand. As we get stressed, and pyrroles bind up zinc, our digestion goes off, repair of the gut lining suffers, our immune system declines, we get an imbalance of zinc and copper and viola – low mood, poor behaviour and feeling rotten in general.
Treatment at this stage is by using the right nutritional supplements. Generally it takes 3 to 6 months to see the benefits of nutritional therapy, it could be quicker or longer – there is no way of knowing just how well each individual will respond. As levels of nutrients improve, we find what the most appropriate maintenance dosage is. At this time, the only treatment for elevated pyrroles is life-long supplementation.
We have seen some spectacular improvements in mood and demeanor just by understanding how to use these key nutrients and where they are essential for correct mood.
Products we have that can assist with this condition are Zinc C Forte and Highly Absorbable magnesium.