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Anyone takings the amino acid tyrosine to help with mood?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I'm reading the " mood cure" by Julia Ross and I tried taking tyrosine to help with my "blah" feelings. It just seems to be giving me a headache and make my belly hurt a bit. Has anyone had any success adding amino acids to help with their mood?

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on July 24, 2012
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+1 for reminding us there is much more to paleo than just diet. Sufficient nature and joy are so important, yet so easy to overlook.

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on July 23, 2012
at 09:18 PM

I've listened to Julia Ross on a bunch of podcasts and she's pretty clear that if you have a negative reaction to an amino acid, then it's probably not the one you need. (If you need any, that is.)

It can be frustrating, since a lot of symptoms overlap and it could seem like you need every possible A.A. out there, plus other supplements. Just keep trying different things. You'll find what works. (Although I do wish things were available in smaller quantities so you could buy, say, 10 tyrosine or 5HTP pills and if they don't work you're not out the $$ for an entire bottle.)

I've read The Mood Cure, and while I think she is RIGHT ON, I personally did not have a lot of success with amino acids. I guess there's a wide range of how people react. For me, a clean, low-carb Paleo diet has always been best. (Too bad I've been having trouble sticking to that as of late! Damn housemates and their cupcakes and cookies...and my sudden utter lack of willpower.)

Edited to add: a clean diet plus long walks outside (day or night), sufficient exercise, fresh air, and JOY. (Joy is lacking of late, and I'm learning the hard way what an essential nutrient it really is.)

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on July 24, 2012
at 12:49 PM

+1 for reminding us there is much more to paleo than just diet. Sufficient nature and joy are so important, yet so easy to overlook.

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on July 23, 2012
at 09:06 PM

Tyrosine didn't do anything noticeable for me. High protein/high fat/low carb diet does.

Other things that have a noticeable affect for me: early AM sunlight, walking in natural areas or at least areas with lots of green, plenty of sleep, cool temperatures at night.

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on July 23, 2012
at 09:51 PM

I'll have to look into this particular amino acid to really comment on that, but I tend to recommend b vitamin complex, d3 and fish oil for patients and friends struggling with low mood.

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on July 23, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I did a sort of stair step thing. I noticed a some improvement with l-tyrosine, improved more when I finally got a prescription for Armour, and then another leap when I dropped wheat, another when I added red meat every day, and then another leap when I switched to pastured meat.

I don't remember getting a stomach ache from l-tyrosine, but I did get stomach aches from certain preparations of 5-HTP and GABA. So, it seems perfectly reasonable that depending on how it is made/what the fillers there are, any amino acid could cause some stomach distress.

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