Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that you must get from your diet. It is required for many bodily functions and is one of the few amino acids that can directly affect brain chemistry.

Phenylalanine is important in helping your brain make nerve chemicals that can affect your mood. It seems to increase endorphins in the brain that better mood.

Phenylalanie is required by the brain to produce norepinephrine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. Nerepinephrine is an important neurotransmitter (gets information from nerve to nerve) and is important for memory, alertness, and learning.

In order to make use of phenylalanine, the body must have vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper and iron. Be sure to add these nutrients to your supplement program for optimal use of phenylalanine.

Key Uses of Phenylalanine
*Promotes alertness and vitality, aids in memory and learning

*Often recommended for treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, hyperactivity, Parkinson's Disease, and schizophrenia.

*Functions as a pain reliever for headaches (especially migraines), back and neck pain, arthritis, and menstrual cramps

Food Sources: Phenylalanine is readily available in most foods. It is particularly high in meats and milk products.

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