Posted by Larry Hoover on August 6, 2003, at 7:42:34
In reply to Re: N-acetyl tyrosine » Larry Hoover, posted by Capri on August 5, 2003, at 22:27:58
> Hi Larry,
> Since all these questions are being asked about supplments I thought I shoot away.
I love questions.
> I read that tyrosine is good for anxiety. I am trying to experiment with some natural remedies.
Hmmm. Tyrosine may possibly make anxiety worse, too. Neurotransmitters can have contradictory effects because they do different things in different parts of the brain. If you consider the treatment of hyperactivity (ADHD) with stimulants, there *seems* to be a paradox, but obviously the brain is doing its thing. It's our thinking about the brain that is paradoxical.
> What are your thoughts on tyrosine? How much do you need to take? Any other natural supplements you could recommend.
I prefer DLPA (d-,l-phenylalanine) over tyrosine, because there are other products arising from the phenylalanine that may have calming and mood-elevating effects.
A reasonable dose of either would be in the range of 1-2 grams, on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning (because of possible stimulation). Some might argue that dose range is high, but you want to take enough to be clear about how you respond to it. Once you have that understanding, you can adjust the dose up or down.
For anxiety in general, I think niacinamide is very useful. It makes the GABA receptor more responsive to calming neurotranmission. You can take 500 mg four times a day.