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.


Vitamin C and ADHD

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While growing up, your mom probably told you to eat your vegetables – she knew from experience that fresh food is the best way to keep kids healthy, focused, and well-behaved. In the past eating healthy food was the norm, but these days, even with all the talk about the importance of nutrition and a good diet, people continue to make junk food the priority.

The result? Our kids are gaining weight and getting sick. Problems like ADD and ADHD are on the rise, and classrooms have become nothing more than holding pins for drugged up children, surviving each day in a stupor when they should be learning, having fun, and enjoying life as a regular kid!

There’s got to be a better way – and there is. Nutritional supplementation has been proven to work wonders transforming children who experience the symptoms of ADD-ADHD into vibrant, focused, intelligent kids that are a joy to be around.

Vitamin C – a Miracle of Nature?

Vitamin C has been linked in many studies to improvements in children with ADD-ADHD. But what exactly does vitamin C do for your body?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that keeps your body healthy and prevents cell damage. It neutralizes toxins in your body (called free radicals) that accumulate naturally and from the environment around you.

Vitamin C can actually help speed up the healing process, keeps gums, teeth, and bones healthy, contributes to strong blood vessels, and absorbs iron from the food we eat. It aids in the synthesis of collagen, which is the basis of all the connective tissue in your body.

Generally, it keeps your body and brain in good working order and has been shown to contribute to the proper functioning of many facets of the human body. Our bodies cannot produce Vitamin C like most creatures on the planet, so we have to eat food rich in this vitamin every day to stay in good health.

Vitamin C Deficiency

A deficiency in Vitamin C causes a condition called scurvy. Because vitamin C works to produce collagen in the body (literally the stuff that keeps your body in one piece), a deficiency leads to the deterioration of blood vessels causing hemorrhage, bleeding gums, bruising, loose teeth, and weak bones. Problems involving the tendons, ligaments, skin, bone, teeth, cartilage, heart valves, intervertebral discs, cornea, and eye lens may also occur.

A vitamin C deficiency causes your body to stop functioning the way it should, and can also cause behavioral problems in people who are malnourished and lacking this essential nutrient.

The Startling Link Between Vitamin C and ADD-ADHD

So how does all this relate to the treatment of ADD-ADHD? Because so many children lack adequate amounts of vitamin C in their bodies, it has been suggested that vitamin C may be an effective natural treatment for the symptoms of ADD-ADHD.

At the very least, proper nutrition has a lot to do with finding a solution to the problem.

A study published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids in January 2006 looked at 30 children with ADHD and 30 healthy children. Each group had to consume 200 mg of ALA and 25 mg of vitamin C two times a day for 3 months. It was found that all ADHD measures improved significantly after the study period.

In addition, there were no side effects!

According to a study done by Karen L. Harding, PhD and Harvard Medical School fellow, Richard D. Judah, PhD, and Charles E. Gant, MD, PhD published in the Alternative Medicine Review (Volume 8, Number 3, 2003), nutritional supplements proved just as effective in treating the symptoms of ADD-ADHD as Ritalin.

This is amazing work that supports the idea that natural remedies for ADD-ADHD do exist – even if no one is telling you about them.

Clearly, daily supplementation of vitamin C along with other vital nutrients and fatty acids has proven to be beneficial to children suffering from ADD-ADHD. There are natural ways to combat the problem so your kids can be focused and calm, leading to better concentration in school and improved behavior at home.


Supplementation with flax oil and vitamin C improves the outcome of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Joshi K, Lad S, Kale M, Patwardhan B, Mahadik SP, Patni B, Chaudhary A, Bhave S, Pandit A. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. 2006 Jan; 74(1):17-21. Epub 2005 Nov 28.

Outcome-Based Comparison of Ritalin® versus Food-Supplement Treated Children with AD/HD. Karen L. Harding, PhD, Richard D. Judah, PhD, and Charles E. Gant, MD, PhD. Alternative Medicine Review (Volume 8, Number 3, 2003).