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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how i could convert the amino acid tyrosine to dopamine chemically ?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 38 years experience
Tyrosine hydroxylase: tyrosine hydroxylase is the rate limiting enzyme needed for this conversion . It is found in many tissues especially nerve cells. It in turn is dependent on iron as a cofactor
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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 31 years experience
Sure: Just eat some. Your body does it automatically. If you mean OUTSIDE the body - why would you want to? You don't really need to consume tyrosine to make dopamine, though; your body converts some of the phenylalanine you consume into all the tyrosine your body needs. Tyrosine is NOT an essential amino acid. If you consume tyrosine, all your body does is need less phenylalanine.
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Last updated Aug 29, 2018

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