Tyrosine is a precursor to the mood elevating compound dopamine, helping to control mood and emotional state Reports on a lack of dopamine synthesis also point to its usefulness in Parkinson's. Aside from dopamine, tyrosine is converted into other stimulatory chemicals such as noradrenaline which may ultimately enhance mental alertness. Tyrosine levels decline with age and low levels are seen in patients with Alzheimer's Disease. Tyrosine is also required to manufacture thyroid hormones and may be of value in the management of hypothyroidism.
Tyrosine is required, with copper, to produce the pigment melanin which helps to achieve a deeper tan.
One to three capsules daily on an empty stomach