Phenethylamine (PEA) - Glossary

Phenethylamine (PEA)

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Also known as beta-phenethylamine or 2-phenethylamine.  PEA is a biogenic amine synthesized from the amino acid phenylalanine.  Although it’s found in a number of foods, chocolate is the best-known source of dietary PEA.  PEA was once thought to be the reason people are “chocoholics (due to its mood-elevating properties); but it’s too rapidly metabolized to be very effective.

Phenethylamine is the “parent” molecule for a number of biologically active “substituted phenethylamines,” including several neurotransmitters (dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine), ephedrine, amphetamine/methamphetamine and mescaline.

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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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