Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Foods Highest In Phenylalanine For Meth Recovery Series (Nuts and Seeds)

There has been a recent discovery that using Phenylalanine in a nutrition plan for recovering meth addicts helps to restore the brain chemicals Norepinephrine and Dopamine.

This can also be termed as amino acid therapy. Essential amino acids can counteract the symptoms of depression, low energy, lack of focus and concentration. The expected behavior changes when restoring these depleted amino acids are: reduced cravings, reduced depression, increased energy and improved mental focus for the recovering meth addict.

Nuts and Seeds highest in Phenylalanine for meth recovery:
  • Seeds, cottonseed flour, low fat (glandless) Phenylalanine: 1870mg
  • Seeds, cottonseed meal, partially defatted (glandless) Phenylalanine: 1666mg
  • Seeds, sesame flour, low-fat Phenylalanine: 1596mg
  • Seeds, sunflower seed flour, partially defatted Phenylalanine: 1513mg
  • Seeds, cottonseed flour, partially defatted (glandless) Phenylalanine: 1421mg
  • Seeds, sesame flour, partially defatted Phenylalanine: 1119mg

Recipe for foods containing Phenylalanine for meth recovery:

Flax and Sunflower Seed Bread


  • 1/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/3 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds


1. Place all ingredients (except sunflower seeds) in the pan of a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select basic white cycle; press start. Add the sunflower seeds when the alert sounds during the knead cycle.

Some recovering meth addicts may decide to work directly with a nutritionist. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) web site can help you locate a nutritionist for your area.

Lists of more foods high in Phenylalanine for the proper nutrition for the recovering meth addict will be examined in later parts of this series.


  1. I have a few questions. I read somewhere that you should not be taking meth at all when you take Phenylalanine as a supplement because the phenylalanine regulates body temp. It said that this could be dangerous. Is this something that should only be taken in recovery? Does food have the same effect as the supplements?

  2. Yes, ideally Phenylalanine supplements should be taken in Recovery and depending on your situation, be monitored by your doctor.

    The foods do a good job but are not as concentrated as the supplements. However, if one is still using, the foods may not be able to keep up to repair the body.

    Of course the best alternative is to quit.... but the foods aren't a bad idea. As well, if you have a doctor you feel you can talk to...that would be a good route as he will know your physical condition.