L-Tyrosine - Glossary

L-Tyrosine

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A conditionally-essential amino acid synthesized from L-phenylalanine.  L-tyrosine is a precursor to the catecholamine neurotransmitters, l-dopa, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine – which are important contributors to mood and cognitive performance.  It’s also a precursor to the thyroid hormone thyroxine (also known as T4).

In larger amounts, L-tyrosine has been shown to improve memory, psychomotor skills and cognitive performance under physical stress. L-tyrosine is frequently added to weight loss and pre-workout supplements to enhance alertness and (possibly) metabolism, although it is frequently underdosed.

May also be listed as 4-hydroxyphenylalanine.

For more information, see Paul’s review: “L-Tyrosine: Fat Burner & Anti-Depressant?”

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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