Tyrosine is one of the nonessential amino acids. L-Tyrosine is traditionally made use of in the process of protein synthesis, and it may also be used to form neurotransmitters that feed directly into the brain, which scientists have determined may have an effect on cognitive abilities.
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Signs of a Tyrosine deficiency include general weakness and fatigue, decreased protein levels, decrease in muscle mass and possible damage to the liver. While Tyrosine may be considered nonessential and does not necessarily need to be supplemented, there are many dietary sources that Tyrosine may be derived from, such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, different types of dairy, bananas, lima beans and sesame seeds.
Tyrosine is a precursor to the very important neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine. Tyrosine may also have an effect on the level of mental cognition that a person can reach and can reduce the level of physical fatigue resulting from strenuous exercise. Tyrosine is needed to establish ambulatory actions. On top of that, it protects healthy cells from free radicals by acting as an antioxidant.
Melanin, a chemical which determines the pigmentation of skin and the degree to which harmful sun’s rays can penetrate the skin, also needs Tyrosine in order to be correctly manufactured.
It is recommended that this supplement be taken in servings of 400mg (1/8 tsp) one to three times daily. Preferably, each dose should be taken right before a meal.