Infinite One Series: Tyrosine Supplement Review
Tyrosine is a precursor for the catecholamine hormones and neurotransmitters, specifically epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Tyrosine has been suggested to be ergogenic especially under stressful conditions. Stress depletes the brain reserves of the catecholamine neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine; and it appears that depletion, especially of norepinephrine, is closely related to stress-induced performance decline. In humans, tyrosine supplementation may alleviate the stress-induced decline in nervous system noradrenaline and, subsequently, enhancing performance under a variety of circumstances including sleep deprivation, combat training,
cold exposure, etc.
Findings from several studies suggest supplementation with tyrosine might, under circumstances characterized by psychosocial and physical stress, reduce the acute effects of stress and fatigue on task performance. For example, one study investigated the effects of tyrosine on 21 cadets during a demanding military combat training course. Ten subjects received five daily doses of a protein-rich drink containing 2 g tyrosine, and 11 subjects received a carbohydrate-rich drink with the same amount of calories. The group supplied with the tyrosine-rich drink performed better on tasks involving memory and tracking. Tyrosine may be useful to include in your pre-workout drink to enhance mental performance.
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