What are the Different Tyrosine Benefits?

Felicia Dye

Tyrosine is one of the body’s nonessential amino acids. That it is nonessential means the body can produce it. For this to happen, another amino acid called phenylalanine is needed. Tyrosine plays several important roles in the body, such as acting as a building block for neurotransmitters and thyroid hormones. If a person takes supplements or eats tyrosine or phenylalanine-rich foods, she can experience tyrosine benefits such as mood enhancement and relief from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause symptoms.

Tyrosine may be an effective treatment for cocaine abuse.
Tyrosine may be an effective treatment for cocaine abuse.

Tyrosine benefits are not limited to females. They are experienced by every living individual. According the University of Maryland Medical Center, this amino acid is involved in the structure of almost every protein in the body. One of the biggest tyrosine benefits, therefore, is its ability to help a person to live a normal and healthy life.

Tyrosine plays a role in regulating serotonin levels.
Tyrosine plays a role in regulating serotonin levels.

To see how it does this, the analysis can begin with the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that allow messages to be passed from one cell to another. These messages allow organs to communicate with the brain and vice versa. Tyrosine is needed for the synthesis of several neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. This amino acid also plays a role in regulating serotonin levels.

Considering this, it is easy to understand why one of the commonly stated tyrosine benefits is its ability to combat mood disorders. The amino acid has been used to treat general depression and depression associated with menopause. Other menopausal symptoms such as mood swings, loss of appetite, and chronic fatigue may also be positively affected by tyrosine. It has been found to have a similar positive effect when these symptoms arise as a result of PMS.

Tyrosine plays a role in the proper functioning of the body’s pain control system. It stimulates the nervous system and it helps to prevent high levels of stress. Considering all of the mental and neurological tyrosine benefits, it is not difficult to see why it is sometimes used for the treatment of brain disorders such as such as narcolepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The amino acid has also shown promise in being an effective ingredient in the treatment of cocaine abuse. In these instances, benefits were experienced when tyrosine was combined with other ingredients such as trytophan and Imipramine. The result was that cocaine users were noted to have experienced benefits such as successful treatment and prevention of withdrawal associated depression.

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Tyrosine is great for energy, but it has side effects. After a while, it causes mania.

I took tyrosine on several different occasions because I have very low energy levels due to hypothyroidism. In the beginning, tyrosine helped me get out of bed and do things. It was great. But after several months, I started experiencing restlessness, jitters and mood changes. So I think that tyrosine supplements can be beneficial, but only for a short time.

@turkay1-- I think l-tyrosine has benefits for anxiety and depression sufferers, but only if there is a l-tyrosine deficiency.

I took l-tyrosine for close to a month for depression and it didn't do anything for me. I'm not sure if I wasn't taking enough (I was taking 500mg/day) or if I already had enough l-tyrosine in my system.

I have a friend who takes a similar dose and the l-tyrosine has been very beneficial for her social anxiety though. So clearly, it depends on the individual.

I think it's worth giving a try.


Has anyone taken tyrosine for depression or anxiety?

I'm looking for natural supplements that can help with my anxiety. I heard someone talking about tyrosine on TV but I would like to know if it actually works to reduce anxiety.

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