Friday, March 9, 2012
Did you know that phenylethylalanine (PEA) is sometimes called the "love chemical" because it is associated with the initial euphoria of falling in love? In some ways, PEA resembles adrenalin or an amphetamine and can be addictive. In combination with dopamine, PEA acts as an anti-depressant, promoting feelings of attraction, excitement, and nervousness. Outside the brain, PEA has been isolated in avocados and chocolate. No wonder a few slices of avocado or some dark chocolate can make you feel better.