L-tyrosine increases catecholamine levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. This supplement is an effective treatment at boosting mental performance, and uplifting your mood. L-tyrosine can increase working memory, focus, concentration and executive functions in the prefrontal cortex with those suffering from ADHD.
Taking 500mg – 2grams daily can have calming effects for the mind and the body. It can collect your thinking and help you to calm down. It helps with wandering thoughts, fidgeting movements and hyperactivity as seen in those with ADHD.
L-tyrosine For ADHD Symptoms
It is important to note that not everyone suffering present the same symptoms. Especially females with this condition. Many are more prone to suffer from inattentive ADD, and present behaviors that are calm, zone out or are very quiet and agreeable. This might confuse a parent into not realizing their child may be suffering from ADD. The good news is, this supplement can work for inattentive types of ADD as well.
It is thought that many inattentive types of ADD suffer from extremely low neurotransmitters and catecholamines such as dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. While those suffering from ADHD and are hyperactive have low catecholamines, but also high serotonin which forces them to constantly move back and forth, fidget and lose concentration. The good news here is that L-tyrosine over time lowers serotonin levels as it increases dopamine levels. Think of a balance beam. As dopamine comes up, serotonin goes down. When serotonin is up, dopamine is down.
L-tyrosine will increase one’s mood, attention span, focus, concentration and executive functioning. This is a great supplement that is over the counter and does not need a prescription. If you are wondering if yourself, your child or a loved one is suffering from this condition, you may try to contact a naturopathic doctor or functional medicine practitioner to start a protocol.
For more information about neurotransmitters read my post here.