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.