Tyrosine is thought to be useful in the treatment of depression and anxiety. It regulates mood and acts as a mood elevator.

Tyrosine is important to metabolism and helps reduce body fat. Your body manufactures it from the essential amino acid, phenylalanine.

Your body needs folic acid, niacin, vitamin C, and copper to help convert tyrosine into many important substances, including melanin, for skin pigmentation; and enkephalins, a natural pain relievers. Tyrosine may stimulate growth hormones and can act as a mild appetite suppressant.

Key Uses of Tyrosine
*Support proper function of the metabolism

*Known as an effective antidepressant, useful for reducing anxiety and improving energy

*Has a mild antioxidant effect

*Used in programs for people with drug or weight loss problems (mild appetite suppressant)

*Aids in the production of melanin

*Has been used to help chronic fatigue, narcolepsy, low sex drive, allergies, headaches, and Parkinson's disease.

Food Sources: There are not many food sources for this amino acid. Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid, meaning it occurs in the body. The body creates it from the essential amino acid, phenylalanine.

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