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Hordenine and PEA (Phenylethylamine) Supplements

Falling in love or having a crush on someone can be a very powerful feeling. The exhilarating rush makes everything else seem insignificant.

An often overlooked part of the whole idea, especially when you’re in the middle of the emotions, is that the rush is all a result of a chemical cocktail mixed by the brain.

Even though it’s more fun to get the chemicals flowing naturally, two supplements, the PEA Hordenine combo, can help mimic the same euphoria felt with that kind of intense happiness while improving brain function, boosting physical performance, and also helping you burn fat.

PEA Phenylethylamine Supplement Benefits

Phenylethylamine (also known by the much easier to pronounce acronym ‘PEA’) is a natural alkaloid found throughout nature in animals and plants. It is a neuromodulator and neurotransmitter.  Individuals often use PEA as a dietary supplement to boost mood and energy. When metabolized, PEA acts similarly to an amphetamine by releasing a special mix of the endorphins norepinephrine and dopamine and speeding up the flow between nerve cells.

Due to this, it’s come to be known as the “love molecule” or an infatuation inducing stimulant and creates the high or euphoria felt when in love. There seems to be an optimal range of PEA within the body as people who have problems focusing their attention often have low levels of PEA, while people with certain psychological issues often have abnormally high levels.

If PEA sounds like it’s too good to be true, that’s because it is. When used alone, PEA is quickly made inactive by monoamine oxidase (MAO). This means very little reaches the brain and even if it does, the effects don’t last very long.

Phenylethylamine Hordenine Benefits

This is where hordenine comes in. Hordenine is an alkaloid extracted from specific type of cactus and in the class of PEA-related chemicals. It also affects levels of norepinephrine within the body and is used as a stand alone supplement for energy, weight loss, body composition, and improved cognitive function.

But when it relates to PEA, the most sought after effects of hordenine are for it acting as an MAO inhibitor. Since MAO quickly breaks down PEA when it’s metabolized, the effects are short lasting. But when combined with the MAOI-like effects of a supplement like hordenine, the positive feelings from PEA can carry on much longer and possibly be amplified.

While the chemical effects of stacking hordenine phenylethylamine are the same, they benefit users in a variety of ways from a planned euphoria during social events on the weekends to energetic, focused workouts. The main uses of PEA/Hordenine are:

  • Induce a positive mood
  • General euphoric feelings
  • Focus and concentration
  • Energy before a workout
  • Fat loss (Stimulant)

If you are interested in testing out a combo of hordenine phenylethylamine, especially if you’re mixing bulk powders, you will likely have to experiment to find the dosage that works best for you. Some users like to take 15-30mg of Hordenine with 300-500mg PEA.

As always, it’s best to start on the lower end of the dosage spectrum and slowly work up from there.

Hordenine and PEA (Phenylethylamine) Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hordenine

http://xray.bmc.uu.se/Courses/Bke1/1998/Projects/Lovechem/projekt.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenethylamine

Greater focus with Craze

weight-lifting-for-beginnersWhat a Gift!

I received a free sample of DS Craze this weekend because I was curious on its effects inside and out of the gym. The grape flavor was artificial, but the effects were great. Within 30 minutes, I felt energized, focused, and ready to lift some weight.

Back off the Caffeine

One thing I love about Craze is its caffeine content. Many preworkout mixes out there are loaded with caffeine (giving a good result), however this leads to tolerance, which leads to multiple scoops for effectiveness (rather than the recommended 1 scoop) and more product is sold. Craze only has ~80mg of caffeine per scoop, which is roughly what a cup of coffee is. However, you will soon notice that the effects are much more prominent than just a single cup of coffee.

PEA’s Many Forms

It’s strange however: Craze has different forms of Phenylethylamine (PEA).

Taken in any other form, PEA is one of my least favorite experiences and is almost instantly noticeable, but I have yet to feel the same negative effects from Craze. This is most likely due to the many forms PEA takes on in Craze. It’s incredible that a single product can be broken down into so many different forms.

It also might be due to the lack of MAOI (inhibitor) that largely pronounces the effects of PEA — though I am skeptical because if I had to guess, a large percentage of Craze’s “Kinesis Proprietary Blend” is PEA, and it is widely known that when taken alone, PEA is ineffective. It is also known that even with some sort of inhibitor, PEA is very short-lived in the brain which might create a semi-placebo effect in the gym.

In the first 30 minutes, PEA is the most pronounced, but it is also in those same 30 minutes that one is waiting to go to the gym. Probably before you even hit halfway through your gym workout, PEA will have mostly worn off leaving you with the small amount of caffeine and other stimulants in the blend.

Craze as a Nootropic

One of the reasons I wanted to try Craze is because I’ve heard of many people on nootropic forums using Craze as a nootropic. It doesn’t include any racetams or traditional nootropics (except caffeine), but it’s still largely effective for focus. It also includes Creatine (no doubt for the exercise benefits) but Creatine is also shown to be largely effective as a nootropic. I’ll be sure to keep this one for my late-night study sessions and gym workouts.