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List of Foods High in Tyrosine

You must get some amino acids -- known as essential amino acids -- from food, while others your body makes on its own Tyrosine is a nonessential amino acid your body makes from the essential amino acid phenylalanine Low tyrosine levels are rare, but there is some preliminary research that you may need to up your intake during times of stress Knowing the food sources of this amino acid may help ensure you're getting what you need

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Role of Tyrosine in the Body

Foods High in Tyrosine

Tyrosine is found in a wide variety of foods -- from meats to cheese -- making it easy to ensure you're getting what you need The amount of tyrosine you need each day is linked to the essential amino acid precursor phenylalanine -- for adults, that is 14 milligrams per kilogram per day If you weigh 180 pounds -- with weight in pounds divided by 2For the highest quality sources, be sure to eat grassfed meats and wildcaught fish.2 to determine kilograms of body weight -- you need 1145 milligrams of phenylalanine/tyrosine a day, about half coming from each amino acid

Some of the best sources of tyrosine include Parmesan cheese with 559 milligrams per ounce, roasted soybeans with 1,392 milligrams per cup and roast beef with 1,178 milligrams per 3-ounce serving Pork chops, salmon, turkey and chicken are also rich in tyrosine, with 900 to 1,000 milligrams per 3-ounce cooked portion

Other Food Sources of Tyrosine

Is Extra Tyrosine Beneficial?

If you're under stress, your body may not be able to make enough tyrosine, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, and may benefit from getting it from other sources That said, there is little evidence to support the need for extra tyrosine in the diet to help combat stress, according to a 2007 report published in Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience

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