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Phenylalanine

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L-phenylalanine (LPA) serves as a building block for the various proteins that are produced in the body. LPA can be converted to L-tyrosine (another amino acid) and subsequently to L-dopa, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. LPA can also be converted (through a separate pathway) to phenylethylamine, a substance that occurs naturally in the brain and appears to elevate mood.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Depression
3 to 4 grams L-phenylalanine or 150 to 200 mg of DL-phenylalanine daily2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, depressed people given L-phenylalanine experienced results comparable to those produced by an antidepressant.
Low Back Pain
1,500 to 2,500 mg per day of DL-Phenylalanine2 stars[2 stars]
Several studies suggest that a synthetic version of phenylalanine called D-phenylalaline, may reduce pain by decreasing the enzyme that breaks down endorphins.
Pain
1,500 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
D-phenylalanine (DPA) decreases pain by blocking the enzymes that break down the body's natural painkillers. Clinical studies suggest DPA may inhibit some types of chronic pain.
Parkinson's Disease
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
In one trial, D-phenylalanine (DPA) supplementation improved motor control and tremors in people with Parkinson's disease. DPA should not be taken with L-dopa as it may interfere with the transport of L-dopa to the brain.
Vitiligo
50 mg daily per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight, with ultraviolet light exposure2 stars[2 stars]
L-phenylalanine, in conjunction with ultraviolet light exposure, may improve repigmentation of skin.
Alcohol Withdrawal

(Glutamine, L-Tyrosine, Multivitamin, Tryptophan)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In double-blind research, alcoholics treated with L-tyrosine combined with DLPA (D,L-phenylalanine), L-glutamine, prescription L-tryptophan, plus a multivitamin had reduced withdrawal symptoms and decreased stress.
Alcohol Withdrawal and Food Allergies
Refer to label instructions as D,L-Phenylalanine (DLPA)1 star[1 star]
In double-blind research, alcoholics treated with DLPA (D,L-phenylalanine) combined with L-tyrosine, L-glutamine, prescription L-tryptophan, plus a multivitamin had reduced withdrawal symptoms and decreased stress.
Osteoarthritis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with D-phenylalanine (DPA) has been shown to reduce chronic pain due to osteoarthritis. DPA inhibits the enzyme that breaks down some of the body’s natural painkillers.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
D-phenylalanine has been used with mixed results to treat chronic pain, including pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

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