Found naturally in the body, Phenylethylamine has an influence over many of the neurotransmitters associated with mood and happiness: in particular, serotonin and dopamine.
As such, it is believed to play a role in depression and other psychiatric conditions. The current view is that supplementing with this compound could boost your attitude or have a highly stimulating effect.
Proponents claim it may also have a focus and concentration-enhancing element to it as well.
What is Phenylethylamine?
Phenylethylamine has some similarities with amphetamines. Specifically in its stimulating effects and the way it releases neurotransmitters within the body.
While there is a decent body of knowledge about how this compound works and what its potential interactions within the body are, evidence of its supplemental benefits is not as thoroughly understood.
Phenylethylamine is found in all mammals and affects neurotransmitter function. By reducing the uptake of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, it can have a positive effect on mood and provide some cognitive effects.
Proponents use it to increase their athletic ability, lose weight, increase their attention spans, combat depression, and as a supplement to support better overall mood.
In fact, some researchers surmise that a daily dose of Phenylethylamine, combined with some other antidepressants may reduce depression symptoms in more than half of all individuals who take it.
Because of its potential to interact with other compounds and a lack of understanding about how it might affect otherwise healthy individuals, though, it is not recommended for supplementation by many medical professionals as of yet.
Still, it is legal to obtain, most commonly as a powder, and there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence hailing it as a rather effective mood and mental influencer.
Fun fact, this chemical is found in chocolate and cocoa and is believed to be the component that makes these treats so appealing.
Phenylethylamine is abbreviated as PEA and alternatively known by several scientific names, including β-phenylethylamine, Beta-phenylethylamine, Benzeneethanamine, 1-Amino-2-phenylethane, 2-Phenethylamine, Phenethylamine HCl, and Phenethylamine Hydrochloride.
I’ll have to admit; I was eager to try this one out. I had already heard many of the claims and wanted to know which were the real deal. I tried it a few times to confirm, and it definitely has some “oomph.” Maybe. There are there are some caveats I’ll have to m