Phenylethylamine (PEA) is an adrenal and brain chemical that is naturally made in the body from two amino acids: phenylalamine and tyrosine. PEA helps us focus while being alert so we can pay attention for longer periods of time. It’s known as the “love chemical.” When you are in love, and when you’re sexually aroused, your PEA levels are higher. With high levels of PEA dopamine is kept from being deactivated so dopamine levels are allowed to increase. Elevated dopamine levels helps you concentrate and gives you a sense of overall well being.
PEA is attributed for helping people who consume blue-green algae lose weight. It may also help with depression and schizophrenia.
PEA & ADHD
PEA may help people with ADHD. It has been found that children suffering from ADHD have a low urinary output of PEA, while healthy children have normal levels. In one study, children with ADHD were treated with Ritalin and those that seen improvements had an increased level of PEA while the children who didn’t improve didn’t see an increase in PEA levels. PEA levels may prove to be a good bio-marker for ADHD and even help prevent misdiagnosis.