What is Tyrosine?
Tyrosine is an amino acid found in many high protein foods. This amino acid is a starting point in the chain of production for catecholamines in the body , which are responsible for the firing of neurons and creating a healthy reward pathway. Included in the catecholamines are epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and dopamine. The hormones epinephrine, and norepinephrine are part of the “fight or flight” response. Primarily norepinephrine is the hormone that makes life worth living and goals feel attainable while epinephrine makes it easier to run or fight in dangerous situations.
How Tyrosine Helps You
Do you find it hard to get up in the morning? Do you usually need a cup of coffee before you can start your day? Of course you do! Because your body is looking for an extremely essential ingredient for you to wake up and stay alert. An amino acid found in caffeine molecules called… yep you guest it! tyrosine. The Mayo Clinic states that “consuming more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat and even muscle tremors.” Your body knows what it needs and where to get it from, but this source may be a little more of a detriment than you may realize. Find out about caffeine spikes and how to drink coffee without the harmful crash here.
Taken as a dietary supplement, tyrosine can actually give you all the benefits that coffee can like:
- Improved mood
- The feeling of being driven and motivated
- Concentration and focus
- Sense of purpose
- Sense of self-fulfillment
- The feeling of “getting things done”
without all of the harmful side effects. But even better, it can help bring you out of a depressive slump and help you love life again. You know that feeling… the “I could take over the world today” kind of mentality. That is what you get when your reward pathway is active and breaking down tyrosine to support the catecholamine hormones.
Who It Doesn’t Help
Like me, if you suffer from mania, it is possible that tyrosine could trigger this and/or make it worse. However, if I am on a depressive swing, I will take an endorphin pack that contains a smaller dose of supplemental tyrosine for only a couple of days until I start feeling better. Even for a couple of days, it still can make sustainable change for your reward pathway.
How To Use This Supplement
It is always a good idea to consult a naturopathic doctor before taking supplements for personal neurochemistry balancing. But if that is not possible for you and your depression seems to be getting worse, it may benefit you just to take 2 tyrosine capsules first thing in the morning and then 1 before exercise. Then ween yourself down to two capsules in the morning once you start to feel more motivated and focused. If the depression is more mild, then by taking 2 capsules upon waking up is a pretty general and effective regimen. Make sure not to take this supplement in the evening or after 5pm, because at that point it may inhibit sleep.
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Written by Nick Stonestreet