Pathway Nourishment

Q In the article “Nourish Your Brain with Amino Acids” by Will Block there’s a diagram of neurotransmitter pathways. The diagram at a glance makes it easy to understand nutritional supplementation.

Are there diagrams like this that shows nutritional pathways for the entire body and bodily systems?

JEN, Ottawa, Ontario

A Indeed, there are many. One particularly good one is offered by Sigma-Aldrich, a purveyor of fine reagent-grade chemicals and related services. Check out their huge metabolic pathway chart at http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/img/assets/4202/MetabolicPathways_6_17_04_.pdf (from the University of Leeds). Another, also from the University of Leeds in the U.K. has great pop-ups (http://www.bmb.leeds.ac.uk/illingworth/metabol/index.htm#links). There are many more on the web. Please explore, but be aware that some may have errors, so choose your sources carefully.

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