L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that aids in producing 3 essential neurotransmitters: norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, which are responsible for important functions like mood, memory, muscle coordination and appetite. Norepinephrine is helpful in increasing focus and mental sharpness, serotonin aids in alleviating anxiety and depression and regulating sleep while dopamine is the “ feel good “ brain neurochemical in which all of us attempt to stimulate from doing things like eating a piece of chocolate to taking a stimulant. Dopamine also is vital in focus and concentration and is enhanced in individuals taking stimulants.
Tyrosine also is helpful in relieving stress, building adrenaline stores, improving mood and in improving mental acuity. Airplane pilots have been reported taking Tyrosine to increase their focus during long flights. What is much less well known is Tyrosine’s benefits in ADHD and Autism. Dopamine is produced from the amino acid tyrosine with the help of iron, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6 and tetrahydrobiopterin. Low dopamine levels impair attention and focus. Some studies show that children suffering from ADHD usually have low levels of Tyrosine. Some parents of Autistic kids report improvement in speech and fewer sensory issues when supplementing with Tyrosine. As dopamine controls the flow of information to the other parts of the brain which occurs in the frontal lobes (called the prefrontal cortex), it is not surprising that taking a supplement that increasing dopamine may be be beneficial in mood regulation often problematic in Autism.
It is important to ensure you get a daily proper diet that promotes a good environment for optimal brain functioning. Children with Autism and ADHD often have dysregulation of dopamine in their developing brains. Dopmaine levels can be enhanced by taking B vitamin and amino acids. Supplementing with key essential B vitamins (B6, Folate and B12) with amino acids acetyl l-carnitine, L-tyrosine and choline has shown some promise in improving executive functioning , mood regulation , information processing and emotional responses all which affect Autistic patients limiting their socialization and frustration tolerance of the individual as well as those around them.
Dr. Germaine B. Hawkins, D.O.
Founder of Proprietary Formulation, Advyndra®
“Specifically designed to support optimal brain functioning”