Unlike nootropics, l-tyrosine is an amino acid that has more in common with l-citrulline and other, similar products. The label advertises it as supporting “healthy glandular function” and “mental alertness,” as well as suggesting you take it in conjunction with ALCAR (acetyl l-carnitine).
While I can’t speak to its effects on glandular function, l-tyrosine not only has made me more alert and more productive, it’s actually helped me improve somewhat as a writer and conversationalist. While it’s a subtle effect, it’s an effect that’s worth the miniscule amount of money you’ll spend on it.
L-Tyrosine: Slow-Acting Smart Drug
According to the research, l-tyrosine plays a role in the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, as well as aiding the production of adrenaline. Other sources also claim that taking l-tyrosine can reduce depression, combat Alzheimer’s disease and even strengthen muscles.
When I began taking 750 mg of l-tyrosine a day last month, I didn’t notice any changes at first. After about a week or so, I noticed that my reaction times were a bit faster. I had started watching Jeopardy! out of boredom (the people I was living with were avid fans of it), and on l-tyrosine, I noticed that I was able to call out the correct answers to questions just a bit faster than I was before.
Additionally, when I combined l-tyrosine with other substances such as phenibut and huperzine, I noticed that my sociability went through the roof. I also noticed that my writing improved: I was able to hammer out blog posts and articles faster and with fewer revisions. To test whether it was the l-tyrosine that was affecting this, I cycled off it for a week and my brain returned to its normal, non-enhanced state.
Keep in mind that l-tyrosine requires some time to take effect. Unlike with vinpocetine or huperzine, you need to give it time before you start seeing any changes. Additionally, much like l-citrulline, l-tyrosine is best taken between meals and/or on an empty stomach.
I’ve used two brands of l-tyrosine: NOW Foods’ capsules and powder from Powder City. I give the nod to the powder because it is cheaper per gram than the capsules. Its only downside is that because it’s not water-soluble, it tends to clump in water and doesn’t taste very good.
Overall, I highly recommend you add l-tyrosine to your daily stack if you’re looking to increase your verbal acuity and reflexes.
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