DLPA Pro (100 C)

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What is DLPA?

DLPA, otherwise known as DL-phenylalanine, is an essential amino acid. More specifically, it's a form of the amino acid phenylalanine. Recently, DL-phenylalanine has been getting attention in the medical world for its ability to reduce chronic pain and depression. But the research came to this conclusion in a roundabout way, because it isn't this amino acid that actually does the job, it's endorphins.

Endorphins are neurotransmitters that are found in the brain. They are your body's natural painkillers that work similar to morphine or codeine. Not only do they relieve pain, they also have been connected to "euphoric" feelings, such as the so called "high" that comes with prolonged, strenuous exercise ("runner's high"). Read more about Endorphins. 

What if, instead of pumping drugs into our bodies to relieve pain, we could use the natural substances that are already there? That was the idea that Dr. Seymour Ehrenpreis had. He found that by injecting DL-phenylalanine he could raise endorphin levels and cut down on pain. And instead of being terribly addictive like morphine, it was non-addictive, non-toxic, has few or no side effects, and got stronger the more it was used.

 Essentially, DLPA slows down the enzymes that "eat up" endorphins. That way, the endorphins have longer to do their work.

Essentially, DLPA slows down the enzymes that "eat up" endorphins. That way, the endorphins have longer to do their work.

So what exactly is it good for?

DLPA has been found to be most useful for chronic pain and depression. It has also helped with symptoms of PMS, and even cut down on inflammation. Chronic pain might include back pain, arthritis, pain due to diseases such as cancer, and, of course, headache.

As you can imagine, this may be a great help for those with chronic headaches and especially migraine. Studies have found that migraine sufferers also have low endorphin levels, which is double trouble when you're trying to fight pain!

Read this article about DLPA by Dr Ritchi Morris for more.