The Many Health Benefits of Phenylethylamine (PEA) - Your Brain's Natural Stimulant
I use PEA-based supplements, both to augment the effects of prescription medication and as a stand-alone agent, to treat many different symptoms associated with various conditions:
- 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 (substances, food, internet), PTSD, binge eating disorder (BED), 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, an 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, motivation, and joy.
One potential caution: PEA supplementation is not advised for people 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 greatly improved, however, by measuring levels of PEA in the urine. Please see our page on Neurotransmitter Screening for details.
“Phenylethylamine: Health Benefits – A Review.” Narinderpal et al. World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science. 2016; Volume 5, Issue 4:743-750.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Cogniben is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.