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Phenylethylamine Review – 8 Facts You Need to Know

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Summary | What's Inside? | Health Benefits | Precautions | Price | Directions | Conclusion

Phenylethylamine is a supplement designed to help enhance concentration, increase focus and support a good mood. It is advertised as HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography) tested for purity and potency.

The product is offered by Primaforce, a company which provides formulations designed to improve the overall health. Their range of products also includes products designed for weight loss, appetite suppressants, muscle mass increase formulas and a variety of amino acids and proteins. These are claimed to be high-quality researched and clinically proven effective products.

Other benefits of Phenylethylamine are the increase of wakefulness, enhancement sharpness of the senses to ensure its users a better focus and increased performance in performing daily activities.Phenylethylamine is advertised as a powerful formula based on the amino acid with the same name which is known for its stimulatory action on neurotransmission.


1) What is Phenylethylamine?

Phenylethylamine is an amino-acid-based formula.Phenylethylamine (PEA) is an alkaloid, a naturally occurring chemical which acts as a neurotransmitter. It is synthesized from the amino acid phenylalanine (through microbial fermentation). Its main function is producing hormones such as Dopamine. Dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter which plays a number of functions in the brain, the most important being behavior and mood, attention, working memory, cognition, motivation, punishment and reward, sleep, attention and learning.

However, recent research has shown that natural Phenylethylamine is metabolized rapidly, hence stopping it from reaching the brain and producing the specific euphoric effects. Chemically produced Phenylethylamine is used as an antidepressant, stimulant and as a support for increasing natural phenylethylamine in the brain.

Phenylethylamine is advertised as a high potency tested formula, but without further information about test results or mentioning of the sources which confirm its effectiveness.

What’s Inside?

2) What’s Inside Phenylethylamine?

Phenylethylamine includes the following ingredients: Phenylethylamine (PEA) 500 mg, Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, and Silicon Dioxide.

Phenylethylamine is also added in nootropic formulas that have blue green algae for an added brain health boost. One of these is the nootropic BrainON.

3) Is Phenylethylamine Right for You?

Phenylethylamine is part of a class of chemicals with members known for psychoactive drug and stimulant effects. However, Phenylethylamine is only a natural monoamine alkaloid. Phenylethylamine is naturally occurring in mammals but can also be found foods such as chocolate. This alkaloid is mostly sold in supplements for weight loss and as a mood leveler; however, most don’t know that Phenylethylamine, if ingested orally, is inactive.

Phenylethylamine stimulates the release of norepinephrine and dopamine in the body. High levels of Phenylethylamine have been discovered in schizophrenia patients; however, more research is needed to ensure a link between the two. Also, levels of Phenylethylamine in the body can also be increased by exercising and not only by dietary supplementation.

Some studies suggest that Phenylethylamine is raising the level of sugar in the blood and also increases blood pressure. This leads to individuals experiencing a more alert feeling and the sense of contentment and well-being. Research suggests that Phenylethylamine works by ensuring that the brain releases b-endorphin, which stimulates the body and makes it believe it is experiencing pleasure. Because chocolate contains Phenylethylamine is the reason that it is thought that chocolate can help individuals cope with depression, Phenylethylamine works as a mood elevator.

Health Benefits

4) Phenylethylamine Health Benefits

  • Low price for 2 months supply (prices starting from $20)
  • Discounts offered by various retailers
  • Laboratory tested for purity and potency

5) Precautions of Phenylethylamine Use

  • Mixed reviews from consumers regarding it benefits (some report fuzziness in thinking, numbness and a drastically decrease of alertness several hours after taking it)
  • No side effects mentioned by the manufacturer although consumers experienced such side effects

6) Phenylethylamine Price

Phenylethylamine is currently being sold in bottles containing 120 capsules and should last for about four months if the recommended daily dosage is not exceeded. This supplement is available for purchase on the manufacturer’s website. Various other online retailers might offer discounts and promotions.


7) Phenylethylamine Directions

The formula is recommended as a dietary supplement, in doses of 1-2 capsules per day or as directed by a health professional. Consumer reviews are mixed: some report immediate effects in terms of increased energy and alertness, others report disorientation and numbness of body parts.


8) Conclusion

Phenylethylamine is a dietary supplement based on an active ingredient believed to increase neurotransmission and to have a positive effect on increasing mood and focus. The formula is claimed to be tested for purity and quality, although no further details are offered. As reported by consumers, the product may cause potentially dangerous side effects such as confusion, dizziness, insomnia, intense headache, increase of heart rate and blood pressure or severe allergic reactions. To avoid unwanted effects, we recommend you seek a healthcare professional’s advice.

The manufacturer recommends taking 1000mg of Phenylethylamine, which may be considered a relatively high dose of active substance (some specialists recommend doses between 100mg and 500 mg daily).

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Tazz Jr.

very good against memory problems, but doesn’t seem to help stress