6 reasons you could benefit from taking Tyrosine

By Louise Belle BHSc (Nut Med)

L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is required for the production of important neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) dopamine and adrenaline. Tyrosine is depleted by the body during times of stress and needs to be replenished to act as a building block for these neurotransmitters. Tyrosine is naturally found in meat, beans, fish, cheese, nuts, soy and avocado, or can be taken as a pure Tyrosine powder mixed in water. Here are the benefits from taking Tyrosine:

1. Improved cognition

Tyrosine can be beneficial for improving concentration, alertness and overall cognition during times of stress. This could be useful for those who struggle to concentrate at work or in their day to day lives.

2. Stress reduction

By supporting the production of dopamine, tyrosine can help to reduce stress and to improve the body’s ability to deal with stress. Your requirements are increased during times of stress which is where taking pure Tyrosine is very useful.

3. Thyroid support

Tyrosine is a key component in the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. The thyroid gland is an important organ, responsible for metabolism, growth and development.

4. Working memory

Tyrosine can help to support and improve working memory, particularly when stressed. Who wouldn’t benefit from a little memory assistance during a crazy day in the office?

5. Improved mood

Tyrosine works on the reward centre of the brain, increasing feelings of motivation, satisfaction and pleasure. It is referred to as a ‘mood food’ for this reason and many people find that it helps to stabilise or improve their overall mood.

6. Reduced cravings

Low dopamine levels have been linked with food cravings and excessive hunger. Tyrosine may help to reduce cravings for addictive substances such as sugar and alcohol. Tyrosine may be just the support you need!