L-Phenylalanine

60 CAPS | 500 MG Product No. 00144

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L-Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that converts to tyrosine. It follows the catecholamine pathway and is a precursor to thyroid hormone. L-Phenylalanine helps support the normal production of mood-elevating chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and norepinephrine. The L form may help support normal mood and attention. It should not be used with MAO inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants, or by patients who have PKU, or hypertension. *
 

  • Supports balanced mood*
  • Promotes mental clarity and focus*

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

   L-Phenylalanine

 

Product Code: 00144             Capsules per Bottle: 60

 

Each size 0 vegetarian cellulose capsule contains:

 

Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCI)

10 mg

L-Phenylalanine

500 mg

  Other ingredients: L-leucine

 

What is L-Phenylalanine?

L-Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid, meaning it cannot be made within the body and so we rely completely on our diet, or supplements, to deliver this necessary nutrient. Once ingested and absorbed, L-phenylalanine is converted to tyrosine. It then follows the catecholamine pathway as a precursor to thyroid hormone, as well as mood-elevating chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and norepinephrine. The L form of phenylalanine, specifically, may help support normal mood and attention. It should not be used with MAO inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants, or by patients who have PKU, or hypertension. Activated vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine HCI) has been added to enhance amino acid metabolism.

 

How does L-Phenylalanine Work?

Insufficient levels or activity of neurotransmitters is a central element to the model of general depression. The synthesis of most neurotransmitters happens within the brain, and for some neurotransmitters, the amount of biochemical precursors present from the diet can influence their rate of synthesis [1]. As phenylalanine is a precursor for neurotransmitter production, it can support the maintenance of a balanced mood [2].

Not only does vitamin B-6 aid in the metabolism of amino acids such as L-phenylalanine, but there is also a substantial body of literature linking the B vitamins with mood. Vitamin B-6 intake has also been positively associated with memory performance. Research indicates vitamin B-6 may act as a catalyzing cofactor in methylation in the central nervous system, thereby influencing cognitive function and mood [3].

 

What are the Suggested Uses for L-Phenylalanine?

  • As an essential dietary precursor to catecholamine synthesis, L-phenylalanine may support a balanced mood, and promote mental clarity and focus.*

 

Source Materials: Pyridoxine HCl is synthetic. L-leucine is made by fermentation. Cellulose for capsules is derived from softwood tree pulp. All ingredients are vegan and non-GMO.

 

Allergens:  According to information provided by our suppliers, these capsules are free of the eight major allergens as identified by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA): Wheat (gluten), eggs, milk, soybeans, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts.

 

Recommendations: Use as directed by a healthcare professional.

 

Precautions: Pregnant or lactating women and individuals taking prescription medications should consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.

 

References:

  1. Meyers, Stephen. "Use of neurotransmitter precursors for treatment of depression." Alternative Medicine Review 5.1 (2000): 64-71.
  2. Leyton, M., et al. "Effects on mood of acute phenylalanine/tyrosine depletion in healthy women."Neuropsychopharmacology 22.1 (2000): 52-63.
  3. Bryan, Janet, Eva Calvaresi, and Donna Hughes. "Short-term folate, vitamin B-12 or vitamin B-6 supplementation slightly affects memory performance but not mood in women of various ages." The Journal of nutrition 132.6 (2002): 1345-1356.

 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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