Do BCAA's cause depression?

Discussion in 'BCAA's' started by Anonymous, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. Anonymous

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    I started working out again and am using BCAA's throughout the day. However, since taking them, I've noticed that I've sunk into a pretty deep depression. I thought they reduce serotonin, and therefore, would help alleviate depression. I've noticed a similar response with Cyproheptadine. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. jyb

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    Taking BCAA depletes dopamine if it is not balanced with some of the other amino acids. The effect was also pretty evident for me when I took BCAA. Haidut gave advice about it in the BCAA threads.
     
  3. OP
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    It's a very mellow, sad feeling. Not aggressive at all. Okay. So should I supplement with Tyrosine?
     
  4. Theo

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    One supplier of BCAA uses taurine, glycine, glutamine, arginine and tyrosine in their BCAA product.

    From my own experience tyrosine is the one to increase dopamine.

    I use tyrosine daily as well as taurine. And I take BCAA of course.
     
  5. Dr.Winston O'Boogie

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    I've been drinking water containing about 15mg's of BCAA's split before, during and after my session at the gym. It's early days yet but if anything I find them quite energising. I've also started taking 5 mg's after my main protein meal (usually meat) in the evenings. Nothing negative to report so far but it's only been a week.
     
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  7. answersfound

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    I don't like taking individual amino acids anymore. I stick to Hydrolyzed Collagen. Aspirin is good for mitigating serotonin's effects.
     
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