What is Tyrosine?
Tyrosine, Tyrosine in English, is a non-essential amino acid, essential for the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.
It is also a precursor of thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).
In addition, they play a fundamental role in pigmentation through melanin.
What does Tyrosine do?
Being an amino acid precursor of both dopamine and noradrenaline, one of the main effects for those who practice sports is energy and concentration, as these neurotransmitters play a crucial role in this aspect, thus getting more performance out of training.
In addition, dopamine helps control appetite and in weight loss diets it becomes easier to maintain a diet hypocaloric.
It is also effective in stressful lifestyles, as it helps you cope with demanding routines, both inside and outside the gym.
Since Tyrosine is a precursor of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine, there is an optimization of the metabolism of nutrients, useful in regimes of muscle mass gain through increased protein synthesis and in weight loss programs through increased metabolism and consequent greater fat burning.
How is Tyrosine taken?
There is L-Tyrosine / L-Tyrosine and Acetyl L-Tyrosine / Acetyl L-Tyrosine, the first being the most common and the second, theoretically, more efficient.
The recommended doses for L-Tyrosine are between 500mg to 2,000mg before training, ideally starting with just 500mg and increasing only if necessary.
For Acetyl L-Tyrosine the doses are lower since it is more potent, the recommended dose will be between 250mg to 500mg before training and as in the case of L-Tyrosine it should be started with the smallest dose and increased only in case of need.
Tyrosine together with Caffeine form a very effective pre-workout as they act in synergy.