LTyrosine Benefits


 Could you explain why I would want to supplement with LTyrosine?

 In today’s fast paced society people suffer from a wide variety of health concerns.  The conventional approach to most of these issues is to over-medicate.  As a result, many people are looking for natural remedies to deal with their health problems.  A perfect example is the amino acid L-tyrosine, which is a safe and effective alternative treatment for depression, weight loss and fatigue.    

When someone feels depressed, doctors will typically prescribe one of the many anti-depressant medications that unfavorably manipulate neurotransmitters in the brain in order to elevate mood.  Unfortunately, many of these medications lose their effectiveness and can produce some undesirable side effects.  L-tyrosine is a precursor to the excitatory neurotransmitters dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine, which play a key role in memory, alertness and focus.  By supplementing with L-tyrosine, you can naturally support these neurotransmitter levels, which will produce a mood enhancing effect.  

In addition to elevating and stabilizing mood, L-tyrosine can help people lose weight.  Recent research has indicated that dopamine and the other excitatory neurotransmitters are involved in appetite regulation.  High levels of stress can create an imbalance and cause a person to experience an exaggerated appetite or have excessive cravings for high-sugar or high-fat foods making weight loss difficult.  Supplementing with L-tyrosine balances neurotransmitter levels, which helps to control cravings allowing one to achieve their weight loss goals.  

Besides being a precursor for neurotransmitters, L-tyrosine is also a building block for thyroid hormone, which controls our body’s metabolic rate and energy level.  The most common symptoms of an under-active thyroid are fatigue and weight gain.  Giving the body a daily supply of L-tyrosine will promote optimal thyroid function, which will improve energy and promote weight loss.

L-tyrosine is an important component for some major biochemical processes in the body that regulate mood, appetite and energy levels.  This is a natural remedy that can be taken safely to address some very common health problems.  It is best to take L-tyrosine in the morning on an empty stomach to enhance absorption because taking it with food will diminish results.  High doses can cause restlessness, anxiety and insomnia, so make sure to consult with a qualified health care professional before taking this supplement. 


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