Pure Encapsulations – dl-Phenylalanine (DLPA). dl-Phenylalanine is a combination of essential amino acids, d- phenylalanine, and l-phenylalanine. Together, these compounds promote mental functioning by boosting the brain’s production of endorphins and norepinephrine. Symptoms of low endorphins include sensitivity to emotional or physical pain, crying easily, and craving comfort foods, drugs, or alcohol. dl-Phenylalanine has also been formulated to relax the musculoskeletal system, treat depressed mood, and address low energy and pain.
Carol LeCroy’s Recommendation: If you need coffee to get going, you’ll love DLPA. You may be free of caffeine and depression, as well as pain, before long! We call these our “happy pills!” See “The Mood Cure,” by Julia Ross for dietary instructions. Consult with your doctor if you are currently on anti-depressants or have high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism or Hashimoto’s, migraine headaches, or melanoma.
Dosage: 1-3 capsules 1-3 times per day on an empty stomach (before breakfast, mid-morning, and mid-afternoon by 3:00 p.m.). You will need more in the beginning and be able to lower dosage as your neurotransmitter levels are increased and your mood improves.