Tyrosine's benefits include:
- Tyrosine is important for the thyroid gland
Tyrosine plays a very important role in the proper functioning of the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands. Tyrosine is needed to help make thyroxin, one of the hormones secreted by the thyroid gland, without which, it wouldn't function properly (or very well at all as the body would slow down). Thyroxin has an important role in overall metabolism in the body and is vital for good health.
- Tyrosine is a precursor of a number of neurotransmitters
Tyrosine is the precursor of a number of neurotransmitters, namely dopamine, epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline), which are all essential for the brain (and body) to function properly, as these neurotransmitters help to transmit normal nerve impulses and prevent depression.
Tyrosine plays a very important role in the proper functioning of the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands
- Tyrosine may help relieve headaches
Studies have shown that tyrosine has a beneficial effect on headaches, by relieving headaches when they occur and preventing future ones from either being as severe or from happening in the first place. The studies show that abnormal dopamine levels could be responsible for causing the headaches and since tyrosine normalises dopamine levels, this is the reason why it relieves the headaches and prevents their formation in the future.
- Tyrosine may help with depression and anxiety
Several studies show that tyrosine is beneficial for people who have a depressive or anxiety disorder, due to the normalising effect of tyrosine on the neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine - tyrosine calms down the excitatory effects of these neurotransmitters by boosting the inhibitor neurotransmitter dopamine to create a more calm and focused mind, plus happier mood.
- Tyrosine may help with restless legs syndrome
Many studies have shown that people who have restless legs syndrome have low tyrosine levels and in fact, a deficiency of tyrosine can result in the development of restless legs syndrome. Studies show that tyrosine has a beneficial effect on dopamine levels, which are also low in people with restless legs syndrome. Tyrosine increases levels of dopamine and relieves the symptoms of restless legs syndrome.