There are a number of different mechanisms of action for Phenylethylamine once it penetrates the blood-brain barrier and enters the central nervous system.
One of the first things it does is to aid in the release of b-endorphin which is an opioid peptide that is the main force behind a number of pleasurable effects.
It also mimics the feelings that when have when falling in love or infatuation by stimulating the release of greater amounts of dopamine and norepinephrine.
It not only stimulates the release of dopamine, but also blocks the breakdown of dopamine, further increasing its levels.
Also known as PEA, Beta-Phenylethylamine or 2-Phenylethylamine, is a supplement used for different purposes, among them cognitive enhancement, mood improvement, weight loss, and as a concentration aid.
It naturally occurs within the nervous systems of humans and other mammals, where it is thought to act as a type of neuromodulator. Within the human brain it causes the release of norepinephrine and dopamine, two very powerful brain chemicals involved in attention and alertness.
PEA is contained in chocolate and has been affectionately referred to as the ‘love drug,’ since it is released by our brains when we have feelings of romantic love. This is also what helps us to feel more alert and have a greater sense of well-being and contentment.