How does this natural energy booster help your body? L-Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that the body synthesizes from another amino acid called phenylalanine. While tyrosine is essential to the structure of almost all proteins in the body, it is especially important for the brain where it is the precursor of several neurotransmitters, including L-dopa, dopamine, nor-epinephrine and epinephrine. A great mental booster, tyrosine helps you be more focused and alert—feelings you don’t have when you’re fatigued or stressed.
When you're fatigued or stressed, your body can’t make enough tyrosine so you may want to supplement with this amino acid. Jim Kalas, author of 7 Day Energy Surge, recommends 500 milligrams of tyrosine 3 times each day as a natural way to promote energy. If you’re looking for an immediate energy boost, Kalas says to break a tyrosine capsule in half and pour the powder directly into your mouth, then wash it down with a glass of water.
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