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The Many Health Benefits of Phenylethylamine (PEA) – Your Brain’s Natural Stimulant

by Dr.Dave on Sep 18, 2017     

I use PEA-based supplements, both to augment the effects of prescription medication and as a stand-alone agent, to treat symptoms associated with various conditions:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog (fuzzy thinking)
  • Poor concentration/attention/focus
  • Lack of motivation
  • No sense of joy

You will note immediately from the partial list above that such symptoms are commonly found in various of our most common psychiatric disorders, including: ADHD, addictions, PTSD and certain types of depression (“atypical depression” for instance). And it is no wonder; each of these conditions is known to be associated with low levels of PEA.

Most prescription medications used to treat these core conditions do not address low PEA. That is why they frequently fail to work, cause troublesome side effects, or both.

A Review of PEA

Phenylethylamine (PEA) is a hormone-like substance that occurs naturally in your brain and body. It functions as a neurotransmitter that gives you heightened focus, attention, goal-directed behavior and task-completion. Combined with its mood elevating effects, these attributes are why supplementation with PEA can bring about increased get-up-and-go, enhanced sense of well-being and optimal cognitive performance.

Moreover, PEA amplifies the actions of other key brain chemicals – serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and acetylcholine. As such, PEA is thought to slow down the rate at which your brain and body age, extend health span and increase longevity.

Proper supplementation with PEA is designed to provide rapid improvements on mental clarity, mood, stamina, energy, libido, joy and motivation.

One potential caution: PEA supplementation is not advised for individuals who have elevated levels of PEA, such as seen in some individuals suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar mania and agitated depression. Often the clinical picture indicates who is suffering from too much PEA versus too little. Diagnostic accuracy is greater improved, however, by measuring levels of PEA in the urine. Please see our page on Neurotransmitter Screening for details.

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Meet Dr. Dave

Dr. David Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA, is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Education for Integrative Psychiatry, Inc. 

An accomplished clinician, educator, and lecturer, Dr. Dave has established himself as a key opinion leader in the fields of both mainstream psychiatry and functional medicine. Dissatisfied with the patient outcomes using only conventional treatments, he began treating his patients by addressing biological imbalances with lifestyle improvements, nutrition and nutraceuticals to get better outcomes. His integrative approach provided much improved results. Dr. Dave is passionate about helping the community he serves by personalizing treatments and educating the public about mental health and healthy aging. He has formulated several of our supplements and sat on the advisory board for many others, ensuring the products we carry are based on science and experience and have the best efficacy rates and highest ingredient quality available.

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