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Tyrosine -Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources

Tyrosine is non-essential amino acid because it is synthesized in the body from phenylalanine. It is very important to metabolism because it is a precursor of adrenaline, norepinephrine and dopamine and thyroid hormones. In addition, Tyrosine also promotes the healthy functioning of the adrenal and pituitary glands.

Functions and Benefits of Tyrosine

It has been suggested that part of the mental retardation that occurs with phenylketonuria may be a consequence of tyrosine deficiency as much as phenylalanine excess. This represents an example of where tyrosine becomes an essential amino acid due to a genetic uniqueness in metabolism.

Tyrosine has been helpful in treating some Parkinsons cases, as well as relieving depression in some patients. Deficiencies have been noted in Parkinson-type illnesses. Low levels can lead to an iron deficiency. Tyrosine is used to treat allergies. It is also used to treat headaches and Parkinson's. It further can be used to treat drug withdrawal and depression.

Therapeutic supplementation is more effective when taken with a high carbohydrate meal in relation to lower levels of competing amino acids. A high protein meal will increase blood and brain tyrosine somewhat, but not enough to affect neurotransmitter synthesis to any degree. T

Possible Benefits are-

  • Reduces anxiety and helps with depression.
  • Elevates the mood and increases sense of well-being.
  • Increases alertness and arousal.
  • Facilitates motor function of the body and muscular coordination.
  • Fights fatigue.
  • Helps regulate release of hormones.

Recommended Dosage for Tyrosine

Recommended dosage is 500-1000 mg per day.

Food sources of Tyrosine

Food sources include almonds, avocados, bananas, dairy products, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.

Deficiency Symptoms of Tyrosine

Tyrosine, a parent amino acid for skin, hair, and eye pigments and is involved in syndromes, known generally as oculocutaneous albinism, that are characterized by the failure to form melanin pigments, resulting in partial or complete albinism. A lack of tyrosine triggers a deficiency of norephinephrine at a specific brain location, resulting in depression and mood disorders.

 


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