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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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I want to boost dopamine level .So what's the difference among the three supplement : L Tyrosine , L-Dopa (Mucuna) and L-Phenylalanine?

I want to boost dopamine level .So what's the difference among the three supplement : L Tyrosine , L-Dopa (Mucuna) and  L-Phenylalanine?

Amino acids: These are different amino acids your body can use to make other amino acids. Most people want to boost their dopamine level in the brain, it is not clear that taking supplements can do this. What is you goal, actually? It would be better to start there. ...Read more

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What is the role of methionine in catabolism of phenylalanine and/or tyrosine? Can you please post any link about those two amino acids? Thank you

What is the role of methionine in catabolism of phenylalanine and/or tyrosine? Can you please post any link about those two amino acids? Thank you

Methylation: When homocyateine is elevated there is problem with methylation. Methioneine, methyl folate, (folic acid) methyl cobalamine, and magnesium may all be helpful. Low blood pressure occurs with a histamine reaction. Vitamin c and bioflavanoids, copper avoidance and understanding histamine intolerance (google it) will help. Alcohol avoidance, frequent healthy meals, stress reduction, and frequent movement helps. ...Read more

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What is the pathway and role of vitamin B12 in metabolism/catabolism of phenylalanine and tyrosine? Thank you.

What is the pathway and role of vitamin B12 in metabolism/catabolism of phenylalanine and tyrosine? Thank you.

Nothing: In the normal child less than 50% of dietary phenylalanine is utilized for polypeptide ; protein synthesis. Most of that remaining is converted to tyrosine. All this takes place by enzymatic chemical activity and I am not aware that vitamin b-12 is involved. ...Read more

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Are tyrosine supp. Helpful to replenish dopamine after Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) use on days i don't eat enough protein (dietary sources of tyrosine/phenylalanine)?

Are tyrosine supp. Helpful to replenish dopamine after Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) use on days i don't eat enough protein (dietary sources of tyrosine/phenylalanine)?

No. : Trouble with protein supps is we are hoping the body converts them the way we need them to be. Also very few things cross the blood-brain barrier when doping is created so it is doubtful that that tyrosine supps will either. ...Read more

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What is the recommended daily dosage of l-tyrosine?

There is none: Tyrosine is a precursor of ldopa which make dopamine. It should only be used as part of a balanced program to resort the neurotransmitters and should be guided by a knowlegable doctor who manages patients with neurotransmitter problems. ...Read more

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Is 5-htp and l-tyrosine the same or different?

Is 5-htp and l-tyrosine the same or different?

Different: 5htp is a precursor of serotonin, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. L-tyrosine is a precursor of the dopaminergic neurotransmitters Epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are stimulatory neurotransmitters. Although both 5htp and l-tyrosine may act as anti-depressants, they act in completely different ways. 5htp is best taken at bedtime; l-tyrosine should be taken in the am or during the day. ...Read more

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Is 5-htp and l-tyrosine the same thing or different?

Different: These are Amino Acids that the body uises in ver specific ways. Unbalanced use of these Amino Acid have the ability to do far more harm than good. They really should only be managed by physicians who are fully aware of how to use them properly. ...Read more

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Is l-tyrosine safe during pregnancy?

Is l-tyrosine safe during pregnancy?

Yes: In recommended doses, it should be very safe to use during pregnancy. It is one of the Amino Acids normally found in proteins. ...Read more

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Does l-tyrosine help with hypothyroidism?

Yes, if deficient: Our bodies produce thyroid hormone by combining tyrosine with iodine. Thus, if one is deficient in tyrosine it might cause hypothyroidism. Our body synthesizes tyrosine from phenylalanine, so that deficiency (which is not unusual) can also cause hypothyroidism. If low in tyrosine then supplementing should help: http://ezinearticles.Com/?The-importance-of-l-tyrosine-in-thyroid-function;id=4717866. ...Read more

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Do l-tyrosine supplements contain tyramine?

They shouldn't if...: There is good quality control but the tyrosine can be metabolized in the body to tyramine by a process called decarboxylation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to supplement with acetyl-l-tyrosine?

Yes: It is a naturally occurring protein in the body and is used for a wide range of conditions including phenylketonuria, adhd, ed, narcolepsy, pms, chronic fatigue etc. ...Read more

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What's the safe dose for l-tyrosine in pregnancy?

Do not take!: No dose or studies as of now show safety in preganancy. Pts with pku have been studied but the results are sketchy! ...Read more

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How much l tyrosine should I take for hypothyroidism?

No need for extra: The treatment for hypothyroidism is replacement of thyroid hormone; there is no reason to take other supplements such as tyrosine the hypothyroidism is treated appropriately. ...Read more

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How much l tyrosine should I take for thyroid safely a day?

How much l tyrosine should I take for thyroid safely a day?

No need for extra: The treatment for hypothyroidism is replacement of thyroid hormone; there is no reason to take other supplements such as tyrosine the hypothyroidism is treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Can i take l-tyrosine as I am on 150mg of sertraline daily?

Yes...but: careful not to take too much. Watch for signs of serotoneric syndrome (confusion, elevated heart rate and temperature, and muscle stiffness.) ...Read more

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What is L-tyrosine? Is it a good supplement to improve alertness?

What is L-tyrosine? Is it a good supplement to improve alertness?

Maybe: A few studies have shown that if you are under significant stress it may help alertness. Otherwise no. It is not an essential amino acid. Your body can make it from another amino acid, so unlikely you are deficient in it. Hope this was helpful. Thanks for using Healthtap. Dr R ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


Dr. Lobelia Samavati
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Tyrosine (Definition)

Tyrosine is an amino acids. Thyrosine and other Amino Acids are joined together to make proteins. Most proteins have ...Read more