Tyrosine (amino acid) is the forerunner of two neurotransmitters: norepinephrine and dopamine, both mood elevators. In addition, it elevates mood, curbs appetite, helps to reduce body fat, produces melanin (a pigment, skin and hair color), and is needed for proper gland function (adrenal, thyroid, pituitary).
Sources of Tyrosine
Tyrosine is found in the following foods: dairy products, lima beans, bananas, almonds, avocados, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.
As a supplement, it is labeled L-tyrosine. Supplemental L-tyrosine has been used for stress reduction, and may be helpful in treating chronic fatigue and narcolepsy. It has been used to help people suffering from anxiety, depression, low sex drive, allergies and headaches, as well as people undergoing withdrawal from drugs.
Guidelines and Cautions
- L-tyrosine supplements should be taken at bedtime or with a high-carbohydrate meal.
- Consult a medical professional for individual dosing recommendations.
- Do not take L-tyrosine with proteins such as milk or with any other amino acids.
- Do not take L-tyrosine and antidepressants (monoamine oxidase, MAO inhibitors). It may cause a serious and sudden rise in blood pressure.
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