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Overcome Depression with Phenylalanine/Tyrosine
Aging, stress, anxiety, emotions and poor diet degrade and reduce the chemical neurotransmitters in the brain. Negative thoughts diminish neurotransmitters just as heavy lifting exhaust muscles.
When the level of neurotransmitters become too low, the immune system does not function normally and depression occurs.
Pharmaceutical antidepressants increase availability of certain neurotransmitters to eliminate depression but are often expensive can lead to dependence, loss of libido and other serious side effects.
The nutrients in food normally replenish neurotransmitters however; aging, poor diet and overwhelming stress can exceed the body’s ability to replenish these substances.
One effective method to rebuild brain chemicals and overcome depression is to ingest a concentrated protein found in meat, cheese, milk and other high protein foods. This substance is a basic building block of protein known as an amino acid.
Two neurotransmitters when depleted that contribute to depression are norepinephrine and dopamine. The precursor amino acids that rebuild these depleted neurotransmitters are phenylalanine and tyrosine. Tyrosine is the preferred amino acid.
Studies have shown that ingesting 100 to 500 milligrams a day of either phenylalanine or tyrosine for two weeks, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, with vitamin B6 (50mg) and vitamin C (1000mg) are effective anti depressants. Taking 1000 mg of either amino acid provides faster results.
Warning: If high blood pressure is present, reduce the dosage to 100 milligrams and increase the dosage gradually. Monitor blood pressure to assure that pressure is not excessive.
Warning: Patients with PKU or pre-existing pigmented melanoma should not use these amino acids.
Nothing on this site is a replacement for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or health care provider.