AFA Blue-Green Algae and Dark Chocolate – two of my favorite foods!
Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae blue-green algae and dark chocolate. What do they have in common? Why are they beneficial to my diet? Can I really eat the chocolate that I love?
Afa blue-green algae and dark chocolate both contain phenylethylamine (PEA), a compound naturally produced by the brain. PEA is responsible for pleasure and mental awareness. It has has shown positive effects on mood, depression, ADHD, runners’ high and is known as the “Love Molecule”.
What is Phenylalanine (PEA)?
PEA is a trace amine, a molecule found naturally in our bodies, but in very small amounts. It’s structure resembles that of the neurotransmitters adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin, which have a strong effect on our mood.
Trace amines play a more essential part on our body chemistry than the scietists first suspected. Though their amounts are low, they are still capable of regulating important bodily functions such as blood pressure, body temperature and mood.
Trace amines are found in the afa blue-green algae, dark chocolate, certain hard cheeses, beer and red wine……..did somebody say party?
Phenylethylamine (PEA) and Depression
PEA has been shown to be a safe amphetamine. A research abstract from the Centre for Molecular Design in Beerse, Belgium, states, “…Despite its short half life, PEA attracts attention as a body-made amphetamine since it can help increase the production of neurotransmitters and induce brain activity.”
Rush University and the Center for Creative Development performed a study that showed that taking 10 mg. of PEA per day produced sustained relief of depression in 60% of the participants. Some had not responded to other treatments.
PEA was shown to improve mood as rapidly as amphetamine but does not produce tolerance or dependence.
***However, when using a supplement, patients that are predisposed to schizophrenia or psychosis should not take supplemental PEA without medical supervision. I say – why a supplement when there is chocolate….and algae?!
Possible Benefits of Phenylethylamine (PEA):
- Increased focus and clarity,
- Lifted and brightened mood
- Lowered stress and enhanced well-being
- Ability to function at a higher level
- Increased concentration
Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Director of Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Says “I’ve had people who’ve been depressed for years and years, and literally, within a few days after receiving AFA blue-green algae, their depression lifts. A wonderful and unique blend for peak performance of body, mind, and spirit that should be included in any detoxification and rejuvenation program. I take it myself daily.”
PEA and Endorphins
PEA in dark chocolate is believed to work by making the brain release endorphins, which are the driving force behind the pleasurable mood effects it creates.
Though the levels of PEA found in chocolate are not significant enough to warrant a definitive solution to the focus deficits of ADHD, there is a fairly high concentration of this substance in several types of high quality cocoa powder. Have you ever wondered what that one ingredient is that enhances the taste of chili? Cocoa powder! Try adding the cocoa to your next batch of chili for more nutritional benefits!
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