The Black Box Warning… Hello?

I am willing to bet your Doctor did not bring this up when he suggested that your child go on Adderall or Concerta….

If he did, he probably dismissed it saying that he has never had any problems!?

What Supplement does Jon Use?

I get this question all the time. Many people want to know the specific products that are working for three steps users all over the world.

One of the comments I get a lot… “I don’t care how it works, I just want something that will work for my family.”

Well, here’s the bottom line…

What Does Jon Do?

Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD is a condition that often goes undiagnosed and untreated. It is also a condition that affects your academic and professional life and place obstacles in your path to success.

The good news is that ADD can be controlled with diet change and with proper medication and vitamins.

I too have ADD and am able to control its affect by the changes I have made to my diet and by using certain ADD vitamins. I have greatly benefited and would like other people affected by ADD to take advantage of my research and knowledge.

Few people know that ADD drugs can cause cardiovascular conditions and essentially suppress the symptoms of ADD rather than provide a solution. I have found a great way to handle by understanding how food and nutrition affects ADD and can help control its symptoms.

I Eat Protein for Breakfast

The building blocks of protein are amino acids that are essential for proper brain functioning. Amino acids facilitate the production of neurotransmitters that ensure proper communication between brain cells leading to smooth change from thought to action.

ADD is basically caused by a lack of neurotransmitters, this leaves you feeling uneasy, restless, and unable to pay attention and feel well.

I prefer to begin my day with proteins and my breakfast consists of protein rich foods. A high protein and lower carbohydrate breakfast is recommended.

I get my dose of protein early in the day, and this helps my body get ready for it. Some of the foods you could include in your breakfast are eggs, dairy products and soy. Yogurt in particular is recommended by dieticians. Protein shakes are also useful in adding this vital nutrient in your breakfast.

It is also found that ADD children and adults are prone to food allergies and hence it is important that such foods are identified and avoided.

The ADD Vitamin I Take

I take Neu BeCALM’d and find it to be extremely effective. Neu BeCALM’d is safe to take and consists of natural ingredients. It can also be used by children with ADD. Neu BeCALM’d essentially consists of phenylalanine, which is an essential amino acid. It is vital that you receive it in your diet or as an added vitamin.

Phenylalanine is crucial for people like me and you, who have ADD, as it reduces adrenalin levels in the body and calms it down.

In Neu BeCALM’d two forms of phenylalanine are combined to slow down the absorption and provide the best affect. I take my ADD vitamin before breakfast and again at mid afternoon.

Absorbable Vitamins

Research indicates that children with ADD lack in essential vitamins and nutrients. Therefore, people with ADD need to ensure that they provide their bodies with adequate vitamin and minerals in the recommended dosage.

Unfortunately most vitamins we take in are not absorbed well and are thrown out of the body.

I take Biometics absorbable vitamins to ensure that my body receives the much needed nutrition.

Biometics vitamins are water soluble and so once your body has absorbed the amount it requires the rest is thrown out naturally; thus, ensuring that a vitamin overdose is avoided in the body.

I take my vitamin drink first thing in the morning and before I go to bed at night. Balanced nutrient intake help my body stay healthy and keep me focused.

Controlling My Blood Sugar

When sugar is ingested, insulin is released by the pancreas. Insulin stops the blood sugar from rising beyond a certain range.

In adults and children with ADD and ADHD, these hormones were secreted in lesser amounts. Thus a drop in blood sugar reduces brain activity in people and children with ADD.

Research indicates that ADD children place themselves in situations that make them hyperactive in order to make heir adrenal glands secrete more hormones. Dr. David Williams recommends that people with ADD avoid foods rich in sugar and carbohydrate.

Interestingly the ADD symptoms are quite similar to that of hypoglycemia, a condition where blood sugar is low due to rise and fall in insulin level in the body; this usually occurs due to excess intake of refined sugar.

It is thus important to reduce the amount of sugar and processed food that I eat. I also prefer to eat more fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients and fiber.

Researchers such as Hertha Hafer have found that some foods can make the symptoms of ADD worse. These include foods rich in phosphate.

Phosphate is frequently used in food preparation and is used in preservative, emulsifiers, stabilizers and thickeners. Processed food and junk food thus can increase the symptoms of ADD.

It is also found in soda and colas as phosphoric acid. And hence I prefer to avoid these.

Transcript: [spoiler]

Jon Bennett Jon Bennett here with “Three Steps to Conquering ADD-ADHD”. In this video I’m going to explain or, rather, answer the question, what supplement does Jon use?

The reason I’m making this video is I get a ton of emails asking me this all the time, and so more and more I’ve been showing people exactly what I’ve been doing. Real quickly, I’m going to go through these.

Number one. It’s not a supplement at all. What I do is make sure that I do eat plenty of protein for breakfast. You can read around on this site about high glycemic versus low glycemic foods and why you need to implement a low glycemic diet, that’s first and foremost, into your lifestyle.

Number two. I take Neu-Becalm’d. Been taking it for about 10 years. Both of these supplements have stood the test of time. I’ve tried many, many things as they’ve come out and talked to other people. After doing this a while, you run into pretty much everything, and you get feedback from people. They’ll tell you what’s working and what doesn’t work.

I can tell you personally the only two things that have stood the test of time for me is the Neu-Becalm’d, and you can find that at the link here on the site, and also the absorbable liquid vitamins, and you can read about those here as well. My entire family takes the vitamins. My daughter started taking the liquid vitamins when she was about nine months and my son, who is seven months old, is starting to take them now. Wife used them as a prenatal vitamin. You know, they’re just an excellent product. I will warn you, they’re not cheap, but they’re worth every penny. So, do check that out.

Basically, those are the two that I take. I take my liquid vitamins in the morning, and then I’ll take a Neu-Becalm’d in the morning and maybe one in the afternoon, just depends. The Neu-Becalm’d is more as needed, and I’ll take that if I have to focus in on what I’m doing. But, it’s pretty cool.

Check it out, and I’ll see you around.


ADD ADHD Quotes and ADDerisms

Below is a collection of some of my favorite quotes and one-liners that I have tweeted over the years. I will try to update this post periodically.

enjoy 🙂

ADD-er-ism – statements that ring true for those with ADD or those living with someone with ADD

My doctor told me to start exercising gradually. Today, I drove past a store that sells sweatpants.

Everyone makes mistakes. And that’s easy to forget when you’re as awesome as I am.

Irony is reading a conversation on Facebook about how Twitter is a waste of time.

Without ME, it’s just AWESO.

Life would be easier if you could mark people as spam.

Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.

Some people have a way with words, others not have way.

Confucius Say – Man who walk through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok. (sry I couldn’t resist 🙂

Confucius Say – Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.

Confucius Say – Man who lives in glass house should change clothes in basement.

ADDerism – Make far reaching analogies that no one else understands and then Write them off as “Deep Thoughts”

ADDerism – Able to tie seemingly unrelated ideas together

ADDerism – I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.

ADDerism – A greater tolerance for “Chaos”

ADDerism – Provides job security for writers of Spell Check programs

ADDerism – I stopped to think, and forgot to start again.

ADDerism – They say I have ADD but I think they’re full of… Oh look at that kitty!

ADDerism – I would have a longer Attention Span if so many things weren’t so SHINY!

ADDerism – ADD ADHD… It’s not just for kids anymore

ADDerism – It’s not my ADD, I’m just ignoring you

ADDerism – It’s not my ADD, this situation just sucks

ADDerism – ADHD can kick ADD’s butt any day

ADDerism – Music ADHD – changing the song before its even halfway done

ADDerism – ADHD, the most commonly accused disease

ADDerism – its not ADD ADHD, its “oh shiny” syndrome

ADDerism – I’m sorry…I wasn’t paying attention to what I was thinking

ADDerism – Punctuality is the virture of the bored.

ADDerism – My room may be a mess but it’s an organized mess. I know right where everything is.

ADDerism – “I prefer to distinguish ADD as attention abundance disorder. Everything is just so interesting . . . remarkably at the same time.” — Frank Coppola, MA, ODC, ACG

ADDerism – “I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.” — Woody Allen

ADDerism – “The only problem with the world is a lot of people DON’T have ADD” — Andy Pakula, CEO of Think! Interactive Marketing

ADDerism – “Man, I love my ADD. It always reminds me how much I don’t remember.” — Frank Coppola MA, ODC, ACG

ADDerism – “Ah! the clock is always slow, it is later than you think.” — Robert W. Service

ADDerism – “Never do today what you can put off til tomorrow.” — Matthew Browne

ADDerism – “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” — Thomas Edison

ADDerism – “It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief, which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness.” — George Borrow

ADDerism – “Sometimes a person with ADD feels as if their mind is moving as fast as a speeding train.” — Frank Coppola MA, ODC, ACG

ADDerism – “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” — Henry David Thoreau

ADDerism – “It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word!” — Andrew Jackson

ADDerism – “Five minutes! Zounds! I have been five minutes too late all my lifetime!” — Hannah Cowley

ADDerism – “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” — Frank Zappa, musician

ADDerism – “Something a guy never wants to hear, ‘Tim, the school called!’ ” — Tim Allen

ADDerism – “If they try to rush me, I always say, ‘I’ve only got one other speed and it’s slower.” — Glenn Ford

ADDerism – “I stopped to think, and forgot to start again.”

ADDerism – “My brain has a super-fast processor… but I have very little RAM”

ADDerism – “Never do today what you can put off til tomorrow.”

ADDerism – “Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.” — Evelyn Waugh

Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief -CSLewis #quote

We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us. CSLewis #quote

We live in a world starved for solitude, silence, & private: & therefore starved for meditation & true friendship -CSLewis #quote

You don’t learn from your mistakes unless you make them first. -Rivers Cuomo #quote

There will always be obstacles on your way to happiness. Stay Strong! #quote

“…good things come to those who wait… I think good things come to those who want something so bad they can’t sit still. ~ Ashton Kutcher #quote

You’re human. Making mistakes is a part of life.. It’s how you fix them that counts! -Revrun #quote

“I must be an optimist, because a pessimist is never disappointed” janis jaoplin #quote

Don’t let the sadness of your past or the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present. -Mitchie #quote

I get by with a little help from my friends. ~ John Lennon #quote

This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs.” –Maxwell Maltz #quote

“You’re generally underestimating your own abilities & overestimating & exaggerating the nature of the difficulty before you” Maxwell Maltz

Don’t hate on yourself because you are not perfect. You have lots of company, no one else is.~ Dr.Maxwell Maltz

Man maintains his balance poise and sense of security only as he is moving forward–Maxwell Maltz

Your automatic guidance system cannot guide you when you’re standing still. – Maxwell Maltz

“Our self image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.Maxwell Maltz

Think in terms of the end result, and the means will often take care of themselves. -Maxwell Maltz

When you believe you can-you can!” – Maxwell Maltz

Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become. ~Maxwell Maltz

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. -Vince Lombardi

The difference between a successful person and others is not lack strength, not lack of knowledge,but rather a lack in will. Vince Lombardi

“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” ~Vince Lombardi

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Vince Lombardi

“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory.” – Vince Lombardi

I highly recommend this to all my ADDers Out there 🙂 <– Great Book!

Does anyone else take supplements for ADD ADHD?

What is your favorite ADD advantage? Mine is the ability to hyper-focus on something I am interested in!

Spending time with family, my favorite thing to do. What memories are you creating this summer?

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

“I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.” — Woody Allen

ADDerism – “It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word!” — Andrew Jackson

What is ADD-ADHD? What You Doctor Won’t Tell You

In this special report we will explore the origins of ADD-ADHD and discuss some of the facts that you are NOT being told by your Doctor…. but if you do not understand, could cost you and your family a lot of harm and heartache.  You will also learn…

  • Why Everyone is ADD-ADHD
  • How ADD-ADHD was voted into existence
  • ADD-ADHD is nothing but a group of characteristics

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is said to be one of the most alarming and misconstrued of all medical conditions. Although there have been more than 200 scientific papers published on this condition each year, it still remains controversial and stigmatized.

    Let’s take a look at what exactly is ADHD and what is it not and why nearly everyone is ‘fit’ to be called as suffering from ADHD

    ADHD- What is it and what is it not

    The earliest mention of ADHD goes back to 1902 when a certain Dr. Still came across considerable behavioral difficulties in various children. He soon recognized the fact that these behaviors were not related to poor parenting or any kind of brain damage. However, when a flu pandemic broke out there were many instances of people having neurological difficulties. In the 1930s this was termed as ‘minimal brain damage’ but was later known as ADHD.

    As years rolled by, people were still under the notion that people suffering from ADHD, basically have a minimal brain damage which was due to neurological or parenting reasons. During late 50s-early 60s, studies conducted by various scientists concluded that there wasn’t any actual brain damage but rather a ‘minimal brain dysfunction’.

    There were signs of hope when the original reasons for ADHD started surfacing. It was after Canadian researcher named Virginia Douglas conceptualized this condition as ‘attention deficit’. It was only in 1980 that 3rd edition, of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-III coined the term ‘Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity’. Finally, in 1987 the term ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ came into being.

    In 1994, APA published the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV). According to the manual, three basic patterns of behavior were noticed in people with ADHD. They might show any one or all three symptoms of

    • Inattentiveness
    • Hyperactivity
    • Impulsivity

    Some signs of Inattention include

    • Becoming easily disturbed by extraneous sounds or sights
    • Inability to be attentive to important details and making senseless mistakes
    • Not following given instructions completely and carefully
    • Forgetting or losing things like pencils, books, toys, or any other tools needed for a task
    • Reluctance to engage in tasks requiring sustained mental effort.
    • Strong likes and dislikes

    DSM has mentioned specific guidelines for determining when they signify ADHD. Based on the DSM-IV three types of ADHD have been identified

    • Combined Type: if the individual demonstrates inattentiveness and hyperactivity and impulsivity for the past 6 months
    • Predominantly Inattentive Type: if the individual demonstrates inattentiveness but not hyperactivity and impulsivity for the past 6 months
    • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: if the individual demonstrates hyperactivity and impulsivity but not inattentiveness for the past 6 months

    Today, in America alone there are almost 750,000 children diagnosed with ADHD. These people are often termed as lazy, stupid, wild, disorganized, and woozy on drugs or out of control. However, the reality is on the whole very complex, and deeply moving. Many times adults tend to live much of their lives without understanding what is wrong with them. In recent times, ADHD is growing to be one of the most diagnosed behavioral disorders in not only little children but adults as well.

    Since there is no definite medical test for diagnosing ADHD, the diagnosis of ADHD has turned very subjective. The point to be considered is that ADHD is not all about attention deficiency; it is actually the inability to control attention, hyperactive and impulsivity tendencies. People suffering from ADHD could have a problem when it comes to being attentive towards an activity or a conversation they find boring. On the other hand when they are engrossed in an activity of interest or in which they demonstrate their skills and strengths, they actually hyperfocus, which means possessing the ability of focusing on an activity to the extent of excluding everything else. In other words, ADHD is also situational.

    If after reading the DSM-IV symptoms and the various traits of an ADHD individual, you are of the notion that almost everyone is a little bit ADHD, you are not wrong. Many people experience these symptoms to a certain degree in their day to day life.

    With the improved screening tools, there is a growing awareness about ADHD everywhere. For instance Dr. Lenard Adler, a psychiatrist at the New York University rightly is of the view that with the growing awareness as more and more children are being diagnosed; more parents are realizing the characteristics in themselves and getting screened. Most people show signs of ADD-like traits in day to day situations. This becomes an attention deficit disorder only when it starts negatively affecting his/her life.

    However, by applying the “3 Steps To Conquering ADD-ADHD”, both, adults and children with ADHD can no only control their symptoms, but use their ADD-ADHD their advantage and lead fulfilled and happy lives.

    Action Steps: How to Apply This Information

    Given the fact that ADD-ADHD is nothing but a set of characteristics… literally voted into existence…

    1.  Don’t fall into labeling yourself ADD-ADHD.  You are really not inferior to everyone else.  In other words, don’t damage your self image or your child’s by constantly referring to your “ADD”. (Suggested Reading: Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz)

    2.  Just because you have ADD-ADHD characteristics does NOT mean that you need to medicate!

    Focus Tip – White Noise Meditation [ADD ADHD]

    Transcript: [spoiler]
    Jon Bennett:  Hello. Jon Bennett here, with “Three Steps To Conquering ADD‑ADHD.” And in today’s video, I’m going to talk to you about a certain music choice. I’ve been doing several videos on using headphones while you’re working on the computer or doing your homework, and I’ve been going through different things you can pump through your headphones to help you focus better.
    And in today’s video, we’re talking about, one of my selections is called white noise, and specifically, it’s from a company called White Noise Meditation. And here’s their website. I’ll show you what it looks like. It looks like this. If you go to, you can check it out and actually see all the different audio tracks that they can provide for you.
    Now, let me explain why you would want to do this. These White Noise Meditation tracks actually can put your brain into a calmer state and help you focus better. They do this with binaural beats and tuning the white noise to a certain frequency. And you have these different frequencies. You got alpha, beta, delta, and theta. And I want to go through these really quickly.
    The alpha is from eight to 12 hertz, and these are great for increasing your creative abilities, lowering your anxiety, and improving your memory and enhancing concentration. I actually use alpha quite a bit. You’ve got beta, which is for alertness and increased cognitive abilities.
    You’ve got delta, which is to relieve insomnia, improve sleep, or deep meditation, and it works well for a power nap. And theta, which induces relaxation, lowers stress, helps bring focus into your life.
    But what you need to do, really, is do what I did and you can buy one of each. And I’ll show you what’s in my playlist here.
    If you look here at the White Noise Meditation, you’ll see that I have 10 hertz, eight hertz, and 15 hertz. And you can get them in different flavors. I’ve got ocean waves as my eight and 10 hertz. It’s waterfall. That’s the one, if you see my play count over here, 1, 145, that’s the one I tend to gravitate towards the most, seems to be best for when I’m trying to focus and get some things done.
    Play it for you real quick. I don’t know if you can hear this.
    [sound of ocean waves in background]
    Jon:  They have demos on their website. I highly encourage you to check it out. And I just wanted to share that as one of the tools I use when I’ve got my headphones on and I’m focused in on working on the computer or I’m reading a book or something like that and I want to block out the outside noise. I’ve been doing several videos on using your headphones as a focus tip.
    This actually falls into step number three of the “Three Steps To Conquering ADD‑ADHD, ” which is tips, tricks, and techniques. And basically, you play these tracks. I just set it on loop and I get a lot more done, because it blocks things out and helps focus my mind on what I’m doing.
    So I hope you’ve enjoyed this, and check out And I’ll see you in the next video.

    Dr. Thomas Szasz – ADD ADHD is NOT a Disease

    Dr. Thomas Szasz is Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center, Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute and a Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

    He is perhaps the world’s leading social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, having authored more than 35 books on the subject, starting with

    The Myth of Mental Illness, a book which rocked the world of psychiatry upon its release more than 50 years ago.

    ADD/ADHD in the Classroom: Improving Behavior

    Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at different strategies for dealing with ADD/ADHD in the classroom. Some of the topics we discussed were classroom setup, lesson planning, the importance of movement and ways in which attention can be improved. These interventions will not work, however, if there is not a basic level of cooperation and good behavior within the classroom context. This is often a very difficult ideal to achieve, especially as students with ADD/ADHD tend to get fidgety in circumstances that exacerbate their condition. The purpose of this week’s article is, therefore, to focus on behavioral improvement in the context of the classroom. This is obviously a foundational issue, because if your classroom is in chaos no effective teaching will take place.
    Here are some suggestions on how to improve behavioral outcomes with children dealing with ADD/ADHD:
    Pick your battles: Many children with ADD/ADHD are constantly engaging in attention seeking behavior. One of the main reasons behind this kind of behavior is the desire to escape from activities that require the kind of focused attention that is very problematic for those dealing with ADD/ADHD. If, therefore, you respond to every single instance of attention seeking by interrupting the flow of the class and addressing the behavior, you play right into the hands of the attention seeker. It is therefore important that you pick your battles wisely. It is sometimes better to, within limits, simply ignore attempts to derail the flow of the teaching session. Don’t get me wrong, I’m obviously not suggesting that you should allow chaos to reign! Deciding not to join the battle can, however, sometimes be your wisest course of action.
    Focus on motivation: When asked about the reasons behind disruptive behavior many students with ADD/ADHD will respond by saying that they simply don’t see the point of a particular lesson or activity. This can, of course, in some cases be an indication of disenchantment with education in general. A more common reason, in my opinion, would be that those dealing with ADD/ADHD find it very difficult to pay sustained attention to subjects that they are not passionately interested in. Motivation is therefore a crucial factor. It will not be enough for the average ADD/ADHD student to know that the completion of a certain piece of work is a course requirement. You will have to have other systems of rewards and consequences in place. Make sure that the systems are fast acting (i.e. rewards and consequences should follow hard on the heels of the behavior that it is supposed to reinforce or counteract).
    Deal with impulsiveness: One of the main symptoms associated with inattention and ADD/ADHD in the classroom is impulsive behavior. This can be seen most clearly in the way in which some students will simply blurt out answers or interrupt other people. Make it clear that this kind of behavior is completely unacceptable in your classroom. One way to do this is to revert to what some may regard as an old-fashioned practice, namely hand raising. Discipline yourself to ignore interjections and even correct answers unless students properly raised their hands and are called upon to give an answer, or make a contribution. Some students may resist this but they will quickly learn that this is the only way to go if they want to participate in the classroom discussion.
    Take a long-term approach: Behavior modification is, in most cases, not something that will happen overnight. You should therefore take a long-term approach to help ADD/ADHD students to improve the way in which they conduct themselves in class. One great way to do this is to enter into a formal behavior contract with such students. In this contract you can clearly specify what you can expect of each other within the classroom situation (e.g. as a teacher you can specify that you will do your utmost to be well prepared and to present stimulating lessons, while you expect the student not to be disruptive and to do his/her best to pay attention). After this behavior contract is signed you can make it clear to the student that his/her progress will be constantly monitored, and that they are welcome to also monitor your own adherence to the contract. One way to make sure that this contract is more than a piece of paper is to send regular progress reports (at least weekly) to the student’s home. In this way you can reinforce the idea that good behavior is a long term process and any deviation from this ideal will be commented on.
    Managing challenging behavior is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks that a teacher can ever be faced with. Great results can be achieved with a little bit of planning, and the application of the principles listed above.

    Attentionall Statement & Neu-beCalm’d is Back!

    I have been flooded with emails about Attentionall and I want to apologize for my lack of response as I have been contemplating the best course of action.

    As many of you know, I have been a major supporter for the neu-beCALM’d product for over 9 years now.

    I LOVE the product and I LOVE the company.

    In my ambition to create a lower cost product for my members Attentionall, it became clear to me that this would be a conflict of interest that could damage my relationship with Neurogenesis.

    I decided to pull the plug on Attentionall and it is no longer available.

    As of now my recommendation is to continue using the tried and true formula…


    We have re-stocked neu-beCALM’d for our members $25.99 *lower than the distributor price

    You can get it here

    Have a happy new year!


    Jon Bennett

    L-Tyrosine, missing in ADD-ADHD People

    L-Tyrosine is a nonessential amino acid that the body produces on its own. Its primary role is as a neurotransmitter that acts as chemical messenger to more than 100 billion of brain and nerve cells in our body. L-Tyrosine helps in forming 3 essential neurotransmitters: norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, which are responsible for important functions like mood, memory, muscular coordination, and appetite. While norepinephrine is involved in hormone release and motor function, dopamine helps in hormone release, emotions, and motor functions, and serotonin is needed for the perception of well-being.
    L-Tyrosine deficiency…
    Tyrosine deficiency might bring about a variety of conditions like weakness, muscle loss, mood disorders, liver damage, and low protein levels. These low levels have been linked to low body temperature, hypothyroidism (low thyroid function), depression, and low blood pressure. Some symptoms of tyrosine deficiency can also include restless leg syndrome and low body temperature (like cold hands and feet).
    After certain studies conducted in the mid 1980s there were many speculations about the beneficial aspects of tyrosine in treating Parkinson’s disease, as it increases the levels of dopamine in the brain. Low levels of dopamine are known to bring about various symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Then again, this has never been substantiated and it is still uncertain as to how well would oral administration of tyrosine enter the brain. Today, some medications for Parkinson’s disease incorporate tyrosine together with other chemicals.
    Tyrosine is usually helpful in resisting stress, building up adrenaline stores, alleviating depression, and increasing mental concentration. Hypothetically, excessive intake of L-Tyrosine supplements could also contribute to hyperactivity so doctors are always advised to be cautious while prescribing is required.
    In the 1980 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Alan Gelenberg of Harvard Medical School published a study discussing the role of tyrosine in the control of depression and anxiety. He claimed that inadequate tyrosine causes norepinephrine deficiency at a specific place in the brain that is associated with mood problems like depression. Children who were administered with tyrosine supplementation showed a noticeable improvement in their mood stability and mental performance.
    Tyrosine has the ability to assist the body in building the natural stock of adrenaline in the body and cope with stress. If you are ever in need of an amino acid to cope with your stress, you need tyrosine. It not only helps little kids and teens but also helps adults with mood disorders and depression. The dosage for a child could range from 200 mg to 500 mg.

    L-Tyrosine – Beneficial in treating ADHD

    Various studies have been conducted on the efficiency of amino acids on the treatment of ADHD. Since L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is used for synthesizing norepinephrine and dopamine (neurotransmitters involved in ADHD), it plays a major role in the treatment. Some studies show that children suffering from ADHD usually have low levels of this amino acid.
    L-Tyrosine is known to increase the amount of norepinephrine and dopamine available in our brain. As mentioned earlier, supplementing it with other nutrients can easily alleviate many symptoms of ADD/ADHD. However, if the root cause is a combination complicated of factors, other companion treatments could be required.
    Dr Slagle, an inactive Honorary Assistant Clinical Professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute (University of California Los Angeles) considers tyrosine as an essential amino acid for converting the mood elevating neurotransmitters dopamine & norepinephrine in our brain. According to her, low moods are due to action of the prescribed antidepressant drugs and depletion some neurotransmitters. However, there could be possibilities of side effects of the drugs.
    Additionally, tyrosine is converted to thyroid hormone and adrenaline. Chronic stress diverts tyrosine to excessive adrenaline production, which results in decreased norepinephrine, & thyroid levels. It is only in some cases that the body has plenty of tyrosine for all the essential body functions.
    The standard dose of tyrosine is 1000 milligrams every time a mental or physical boost is required. L-Tyrosine supplements are to be taken no less than 30 minutes before meals, in 3 doses everyday. Always remember to take the supplements with a multivitamin-mineral complex as vitamins copper, B6, and B9 (folate) helps in converting L-tyrosine into essential brain chemicals.
    Total amount of tyrosine taken in one day should never exceed 12,000 mg. Tyrosine should not be taken during the time an individual is taking levodopa medication (used for treating Parkinson’s disease) as it may intervene with the absorption of tyrosine. Tyrosine could elevate blood pressure. Avoid using it with over-the-counter dietary medications.
    In addition, even though tyrosine has been linked with an under active thyroid, low blood pressure, and low body temperature ingesting tyrosine supplements would not necessarily keep these ailments at bay.