PEA and Hordenine Combo

PEA and Hordenine

Many people are looking for ways to not only lose weight but also reduce stress and just simply feel better. Certainly dieting is one way to go about this, but this can be incredibly difficulty. Having some all-natural help in the form of amino acid derivatives is something that could produce all of these benefits and more. Such is the case of PEA (Phenylethylamine) and Hordenine. These supplements are both all natural supplements that have shown to be very effective. After examining the benefits, this might be an excellent combination to support your own weight loss and feel-good efforts.

What is Phenylethylamine?

Simply put, a phenylethylamine supplement is derived from the amino acid phenylalanine. Occurring naturally in foods like chocolate, this is also known to have a mood-boosting effect that can lead to feelings of well-being and even euphoria. This is done by increasing dopamine levels within the brain along with blocking the action of other dopamine transmitters.

Phenylethylamine is also thought to be a natural fat burner and is capable of raising the metabolism. There are a number of dietary and weight loss supplements that now add this to their formulations in an effort to make themselves more effective. Dopamine also plays a strong role in movement and this may also be at least partially responsible for the increased energy levels.

What is Hordenine?

Hordenine is a natural phenylethylamine compound, although it is related to the amino acid tyramine. Its mechanism of action is slight different from PEA in that it stimulates the release of the powerful neurotransmitter norepinephrine. This also leads to higher levels of energy and an increased speed of metabolism. There is also some evidence to suggest that it may result in slowed digestion and an associated decrease in appetite.

PEA-Hordenine Benefits:

When taken together, the combination of PEA and Hordenine is a powerful weight loss and energy boosting supplement stack. Many users are already taking this as part of a pre-workout stack simply for the increased energy.

This combination is also very effective for overall fat loss. As the metabolism is sped up, this may also lead to a slightly higher body temperature, which makes it even more effective as a natural fat burner. When they are combined it is also thought that synergistic effects are produced. In other words, PEA and Hordenine together is more effective than it would be if they were each taken separately.

5-HTP for Weight Loss and Better Sleep

Awhile back, I heard about the world of lucid dreaming, and started getting very curious as to how I could consistently obtain lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming on its own can be an enormously powerful tool, though it can be incredibly hard to achieve. The first step to lucid dreaming is being able to remember your dreams.

My friend told me about 5-HTP and said that it made his dreams really vivid, and also helped him fall asleep. This was before I started taking melatonin, so I ordered some and tried it, and started to really like it. One potentially positive side effect is loss of appetite. I noticed I hardly needed to eat the next day (similar to many nootropics) and I felt fine. I didn’t remember my dreams however, but later learned that the ability to recall dreams is related to recall memory (which 5-HTP isn’t for).

I continued taking 5-HTP for sleep (slept soundly, all night), and the weight loss was a nice treat as well. I learned later that in some countries, 5-HTP is used to help alleviate symptoms of depression. The reason this stuff can make you happy, sleep better, and lose weight is because it’s a precursor to serotonin in the brain (though most serotonin ends up in the gastrointestinal tract).

But before you buy some and start taking it every night, you should be aware of some of the problems with 5-HTP as well. Because it increases serotonin in the body, it is possible for your body to adapt to this. Another thing to be conscious of is something known as serotonin syndrome. This is when too much serotonin gets into and stays in the brain and could be fatal, so proper dosing is vital.

I’ve personally stopped taking 5-HTP because I have melatonin for sleep, I’m trying to gain weight, and depression isn’t an issue for me. It’s still a powerful tool, that when used responsibly, could be a great addition to your supplement stack. Another supplement for sleep, aside from melatonin, is L-thenaine. See my comparison of 5-HTP and L-theanine.