What is Phenylalanine and why is it essential?

By | October 31, 2014

 Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid, meaning that our bodies don’t produce it and we thus have to look to other sources – including food – in order to acquire it. Amino acids are an integral part of the development and maintenance of our bodies; along with water, they form the bedrock of our muscles, cells and tissues. Without regular intake of essential amino acids, we will lose crucial muscle and our proteins will break down.

Phenylalanine is also recognised for its effectiveness as an antidepressant, or ‘mood stabiliser’, which influences hormones and neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine works by sending ‘happy’ signals to nerve cells, engineering optimism and motivation in the human brain. Because dopamine neurons are in relatively short supply in our bodies, getting the best out of them is the key, and a mood enhancer such as Phenylalanine has been scientifically proven to instigate a right amount of secretion of dopamine which is then propelled into action, positively effecting our mood.

Now Foods L-Phenylalanine 500mg

Now Foods L-PhenylalanineTyrosine is an amino acid. Because it’s a non-essential amino acid, it’s already found in our bodies and its job is to create new proteins and keep their general flow of existence going. Now Foods L-Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that converts into tyrosine, thereby contributing to the strengthening of cells and the reparation of proteins, as well as their constant production. Tyrosine is found in protein-based food such as turkey, fish, chicken, cottage cheese and milk, and this product assists with appetite reduction.

Aside from this, tyrosine plays an important role in effecting our mood, and this particular supplement works as a very effective antidepressant. When it comes to our happiness, optimism, motivation and sense of reward, tyrosine can often be the instigator. When converted to I-dopa, it becomes involved in the production of dopamine, which then converts into catecholamines, including adrenaline. So in this way, tyrosine is often the catalyst for influencing our ‘happy hormones.’

This supplement comes with 120 500mg tablets. Its effectiveness is dependent on the user.

Doctor’s Best D-phenylalanine

Doctor’s Best D-phenylalaninePain is bad for our bodies for obvious reasons: it hurts a heck of a lot, and it often absorbs all our thoughts so that we can’t concentrate on the things we really need to get done. But pain also affects us in ways we might not even be aware of, working silently in ways we believe we can’t effect. For example, chronic pain can cause serotonin, endorphin and gamma-amino-butyric acid deficiency that not only help to reduce pain, but which also keep depression in check. A deficiency of these chemicals can lead to increased pain and a poor mental state.

D-phenylalanine, an amino acid, works at reducing pain by slowing down enzymes such as endorphinase. Their degradation can be rapid with just a 500mg tablet of Doctor’s Best D-phenylalanine, and the pain relief can occur within just a matter of minutes. The kind of pain it works to reduce includes anything from headaches, shoulder pain, back ache, and it can even work at lowering levels of fatigue. It is also a potent antidepressant, as it boosts the natural endorphins in your brain. What you essentially have here is a supplement that is more powerful painkiller which can subdue your mind and boost your optimism.

As a bonus, this supplement is non-protein based and is suitable for vegetarians.

DL-Phenylalanine 500mg 100 Caps by Swanson Premium

DL-Phenylalanine Caps by Swanson PremiumDL-Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid, meaning that our bodies don’t produce it. Its importance can be demonstrated in the fact that it multiplies the amount of dopamine chemicals in our brains (which are normally sparse), thus positively effecting our mood. For sufferers of minor depression, this supplement comes highly recommended for its mood enhancing qualities as a standalone supplement, or its increased potency when used in a nootropic stack – for example with caffeine. In this way, it can increase alertness, wakefulness, vibrancy and overall optimism. Because of its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier with ease, it works quickly and effectively,

This supplement comes with 100 500mg capsules, and the recommended daily amount is 2 (though usage and results will vary). Taken on an empty stomach, the results are felt more sharply, with many users preferring to take them first thing in the morning.

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