Tyrosine is one of the amino acids that are used by the body to make neurotransmitters that control how much anxiety we have.
Tyrosine is a key amino acid used to make epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. Epinephrine is effectively adrenalin, which begs the question does tyrosine cause anxiety?
Tyrosine is one of those double edged swords: two little (tyrosine deficiency) and you can end up with anxiety, fatigue and depression due to low levels of dopamine and serotonin. But if you take to much tyrosine you can suffer from increased heart rate and blood pressure, and anxiety and potentially panic attacks.
Tyrosine is not a proven cure for anxiety but it has not been disproved either. The fact is that at the time of writing their has not been sufficient research to assess its effects on anxiety, and for that reason doses of supplemental tyrosine are hard to be precise about.
If you are reading this then presumably you are suffering from anxiety and presumably you want less anxiety and not more! Then, if you want to put Tyrosine to the test, I would recommend taking a low dose at first, maybe even just a fraction of one tablet. At tiny doses it is unlikely to be effective against anxiety, but likewise the side-effects will be also more or less unnoticeable.
As side effects can include migraines and upset stomach as well as palpitations and anxiety, taking a small dose is wise. Watch how you feel. Do you feel slightly more relaxed or just like normal? Then try a slightly higher dose. Do you feel slightly edgy and restless? Then Tyrosine is probably not for you.
Whatever dose you try, don’t take more than recommended on the packet. Amino acids are powerful things and should not be taken lightly. I recommend reading: The Healing Nutrients Within: Facts, Findings, and New Research on Amino Acids which is only available from USA Amazon (sorry British readers, but they do deliver overseas).
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