Tyrosine is an often overlooked amino acid. While the typical high profile amino acids like the branch chain amino acids, glutamine and arginine are out in the forefront garnering all of the attention, tyrosine is pushed to the back burner as a mere second class amino acid. This type of thinking about tyrosine could not be further from the truth.
Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid, meaning the body can manufacture it on its own through other amino acids. While it may not be “essential,” tyrosine supplementation can offer major benefits to athletes, bodybuilders, and even those who struggle with weight loss.
Athletes and bodybuilders can reap the benefits of tyrosine because of its ability to delay the onset of muscle fatigue. Being able to train harder and longer can improve physical performance and make workouts much more productive. Endurance athletes can push past their limits with the help of this simple amino acid.
For weight loss, tyrosine may offer big benefits. Tyrosine is a precursor to thyroid hormones and the adrenal hormones norepinephrine, epinephrine and dopamine. By improving thyroid function, the metabolism is optimized and calorie burning becomes increased, allowing for easier weight management and faster fat loss.
Being a precursor to dopamine, tyrosine can also provide a much-needed mental boost. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is associated with cognitive function, mental alertness and attention and even the brain’s pleasure center. Supplementing with tyrosine can increase alertness and mental function, as well as promote feelings of mental well-being.
And as if all of these benefits weren’t enough, tyrosine also possesses antioxidant qualities to promote greater overall health and immune system function.
For an often overlooked amino acid, tyrosine offers a wide array of benefits. By supplementing with this simple amino acid, you can improve muscular performance, promote weight loss, improve mental skills and even enhance immune system function.
Tim Mielke is a former competitive bodybuilder and published author, with 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He has written dozens of articles ranging from the organic lifestyle, to hyped-up supplements to steroids, for various health and fitness sources. His book, The Book of Supplement Secrets: A Beginner’s Guide to Nutritional Supplements, has received excellent reviews. Tim brings his knowledge and expertise to RightFitnessandNutrition.com, and is currently developing his own supplement line and writing two more books, which he hopes to have published in 2014.