L-Tyrosine for Weight Control
Why Do Dieters Use It?*
Some dieters say that L-tyrosine helps stimulate weight loss.
What Do the Advocates Say?*
Since it is a precursor to substances like epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine, L-tyrosine may be a good supplement choice for those trying to lose weight because, theoretically, it may help speed metabolism. However, it should only be considered for people who also suffer from symptoms such as fatigue and depression.
There are no studies specifically showing that L-tyrosine helps to promote weight loss.
L-tyrosine is best taken without food. Because it can be stimulating, especially when used in large amounts, it should not be taken in the evening. As is the case when supplementing with any individual amino acid, it's possible to upset the balance by taking just one.
Dosage & Side Effects
How Much Is Usually Taken by Dieters?
Most people should not supplement with L-tyrosine. Some human research with people suffering from a variety of conditions used 100 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight, equivalent to about 7 grams per day for an average-sized person. The appropriate amount to use in people with PKU is not known, therefore, the monitoring of blood levels by a physician is recommended.
L-tyrosine has not been reported to cause any serious side effects. However, it is not known whether long-term use of L-tyrosine, particularly in large amounts (such as more than 1,000 mg per day) is safe. For that reason, long-term use of L-tyrosine should be monitored by a doctor.
Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds
Interactions with Medicines
Where to Find It
Dairy products, meats, fish, wheat, oats , and most other protein-containing foods contain tyrosine.
Last Review: 03-18-2015
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