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 a precursor amino acid of both dopamine and norepinephrine, one of the main effects for those who practice sports is energy and concentration, since these neurotransmitters have a crucial role in this aspect, thus managing to get more out of training.
In addition, dopamine helps to control appetite and in weight loss diets it becomes easier to maintain a regimen hypocaloric.
It's also effective in high-stress lifestyles, as it helps you better handle demanding routines, not just in and out of the gym.
Since Tyrosine is a precursor of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine, there is an optimization of nutrient metabolism, useful in muscle mass gain regimens through increased protein synthesis as 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 lowest dose and increased only if necessary.
Tyrosine together with Caffeine form a very effective pre-workout as they work in synergy.