INGREDIENT OVERVIEW: N-ACETYL L-TYROSINE
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT) seems to be making the rounds in
the supplement industry. You can find it
in most pre-workout and fat burning formulas. But why is it there? Good
question. Most Barracudas, see
article here, have no idea why they included it in their formulas. Well luckily for them, and you, I am going to
cover the basics of NALT now.
WHAT IS N-ACETYL L-TYROSINE?
NALT is a combination of acetic acid and L-Tyrosine. L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps in reducing
stress, increasing working memory, and supporting cognitive enhancement. Acetic acid is added to L-Tyrosine to improve
bioavailability and absorption. Your
body is able to use NALT much easier than L-Tyrosine.
HOW L-TYROSINE WORKS IN
L-Tyrosine is one of the most important amino acids in the
body. Not only is it important to the
structure of almost every protein in the body, it is a precursor to dopamine,
epinephrine, norepinephrine, and other thyroid hormones.
L-Tyrosine becomes a catecholamine (dopamine, epinephrine, and
norepinephrine) through two steps. In
the first step, L-Tyrosine is converted into dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) when
it binds with the enzyme Tyrosine Hydroxylase. From there, the enzyme Dopa Decarboxylase binds with DOPA, and Dopamine
is produced. Dopamine then binds with
the enzyme Dopamine Beta Hydroxylase, and Norepinephrine is produced. Finally, the adrenal glands release the enzyme
Phenylethanolamine N-Methyltransferase. PNMT then binds with Norepinephrine, and epinephrine is produced. Still with me?
WHY IS L-TYROSINE IMPORTANT?
So now you and the Barracudas
know how L-Tyrosine works to make neurotransmitters. But why is that important? Because those three neurotransmitters effect
how you feel, function, and survive. Dopamine is the happy hormone. Low
levels of dopamine cause thrill-seekers to seek out new experiences. Without Dopamine, you wouldn’t want to do
anything. There would be no reward. And what about Norepinephrine and epinephrine? They are the flight or fight hormones
released when the body is under extreme stress. Without them, that huge tiger would have killed off your ancestors. So, without L-Tyrosine, you would just be a depressed,
dead human being. It is for this reason
that many people with anxiety and depression look to L-Tyrosine and NATL for
WHY N-ACETYL L-TYROSINE
(NALT) IS IN FAT BURNERS AND PRE-WORKOUTS
Since I told the barracudas why L-Tyrosine is important, I will
explain to them why they have been adding it to their pre-workout and fat
burning supplements. Most of them just
copied and pasted their formulas from other people, so they have no idea why
they are using it. It turns out that
when you add NALT to any product with a stimulant, it helps to create what I
like to call controlled chaos. Your
nervous system is still receiving the effects of the stimulants (usually
caffeine), but you aren’t freaked out of your mind. You are still in control. You can now use that extra energy in a
productive way. Like lifting weights, getting bigger, and burning fat, instead of
running around the gym and talking your head off to anyone who will listen.
It also helps to prevent the crash from stimulants. Think about it. You get the crash from your catecholamine
hormones (dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine) being depleted. Stimulants cause stress to your body and
cause it to produce more epinephrine and norepinephrine. Also, dopamine is one of the first things
that your body exhaust during a training session. Hmm, things are starting to click (the light bulb just clicked on).
So now you know how L-Tyrosine works, and why NALT is added
to supplements that contain stimulants. The next time you want to sound smart, ask one of your buddies why they
are using NALT. And just like most Barracudas,
they will have no idea why.
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