Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tyrosine

Tyrosine is an amino acid that is involved in the production of melanin, the pigment that gives colour to the skin and hair. 
I was browsing in a health food shop recently, and noticed a bottle of this supplement which claimed on the label that it is helps with skin pigmentation. I have not found much evidence on the web that Tyrosine has improved pigmentation in vitiligo cases, but if anyone has noticed an improvement from it I would be grateful to get a comment.
It's usually better (and probably cheaper) to get these molecules by eating the right foods rather than buying supplements. 
Food sources of Tyrosine are:
soy products, chicken, turkey, fish, peanuts, almonds, avocados, milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. (these are high protein foods).
Studies have shown that Tyrosine is useful for treating stress. Since vitiligo appears to be worsened by stress, this could be another reason to make sure your Tyrosine levels are adequate.


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