DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA) is a 50-50 blend of the D and L forms of this amino acid (building blocks for protein). The structure of the D form is used to help combat pain. The structure of the L form is used as a stimulant, appetite suppressant, and mood enhancer. D, L-Phenylalanine is used by the brain to produce norepinephrine (our brains' version of adrenaline), a neurotransmitter depleted by stress, caffeine, nicotine, pollution, and some pharmacological and recreational drugs. D, L-Phenylalanine also helps replace dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings associated with sexual pleasure, confidence, and euphoria virtually side effect free.
The body changes phenylalanine into tyrosine, another amino acid that's needed to make proteins, brain chemicals, including L-dopa, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, and thyroid hormones. Because norepinephrine affects mood, different forms of phenylalanine have been proposed to treat depression. Symptoms of phenylalanine deficiency include confusion, lack of energy, depression, decreased alertness, memory problems, and lack of appetite.
Directions: Take one capsule daily with a meal or glass of water. Use only as directed by your healthcare provider.