What is pyrrole disorder?
Pyrrole disorder (also called pyroluria) is a mood and stress disorder. It is often a heritable condition in the Irish, English, Welsh and Scandinavian people groups (especially those with light features: blonde or red hair, blue or green eyes, fair skin). Pyrroles have little or no function in the body and are excreted continuously in the urine. However, for a pyroluric individual, nutrient deficiencies occur because these molecules have an affinity for zinc and vitamin B6, and latch onto and excrete them in the urine before the body is able to absorb them. Another feature of pyroluria is a deficiency of arachidonic acid (AA) (a polyunsaturated omega 6 essential fatty acid), which is a critical component of brain function as well as normal growth and development.
Why is it a problem?
Pyroluric individuals are severely depressed in zinc and vitamin B6. Zinc and vitamin B6 are critical for a healthy immune system, neurotransmitter balance, as well as maintaining intellectual function, mood, and memory to name a few. Suboptimal levels of these important nutrients result in high irritability and temper, poor stress control, memory and concentration problems, severe mood swings, explosive anger and rage, anxiety, and depression.
Who can have pyrrole disorder?
I often see adults and children (think terrible twos!) with severe mood swings, high sensitivity, hyperactivity, an inability to tolerate stress, morning nausea, and night owl tendencies to have Pyrrole disorder. It is often hereditary, but can also be brought on by chronic stress or a traumatic event.
How can we fix it?
This condition can be safely corrected and balanced with dietary and nutrient therapy, as well as lifestyle modifications. First, let’s see if you might be impacted by this. Take my free, five-minute life assessment to find out if this applies to you.
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