Three Major Hordenine Benefits You Should Know About

hordenine benefits

The core benefits of hordenine are a little different from the stuff that we usually focus on in this blog.  Rather than droning on about how to build muscle mass and how to shed those last few pound of agonizingly stubborn visceral fat, we’re going to talk about the benefits of supplementing with something that increases your mental toughness.  Being able to be more focused and driven is arguably more important than the ability to lift heavy weights repeatedly or run that extra mile.  Having the determination and motivation to work out is something that usually gets people out of it and the hordenine benefits can help keep you on the wagon for as long as you want or need to be!

Three Big Hordenine Benefits

#1 – Increased Energy Levels

Supplementing with hordenine has proven to boost the function of neurons in your brain by increasing norepinephrine levels in your noggin [1].  Giving your neurons a little more juice is exactly what is needed to improve alertness and energy.  Think about when you get startled or nervous.  You may excrete a sudden burst of adrenaline in to your system.  When that happens, the neurons are stimulated through increased neuromodulator production.  This gives you that fight or flight feeling; That feeling of sudden alertness.  If you were tired, you’re not anymore.

Supplementing with hordenine has a similar but more prolonged effect.  Rather than getting that sudden burst of energy and alertness, your body will adjust to a new norm.  You may not feel as fatigued as quickly when you are working out and you may find that you’re more effective at your job or studies as a nice side benefit!

#2 – Enhanced Moods

Here is something that you probably don’t take in to consideration when you’re thinking about working out.  It’s important to be positive and happy going in to a workout.  There is a direct correlation between success of a workout and your state of mind.  If you’re sappy, mopey, unhappy, or stressed out, you’re not going to be focused on the lifts and you may develop some bad form, resulting in an inadequate workout.  The same could be said for somebody who is extremely angry.  Hitting the weights while in a positive and comfortable state of mind is always going to lead to a more effective workout, not to mention how beneficial it is to your daily lifestyle.  Hordenine is a natural mood enhancer and can be found as an ingredient in some antidepressants because of it [2]!

#3 – Better Skin!

Probably not as important as the first two benefits, but it’s still a nice improvement that you should be aware of.  Most people who supplement with hordenine experience a reduction in skin inflections like acne or dried skin and rashes.  Hordenine decreases the amount of melanin in your system.  Overproduction of melanin is one of the leading causes of skin problems so regulating melanin production can decrease freckle count, acne problems, and even protect against skin cancer [3].


  1. John O’Donnell, Douglas Zeppenfeld, Evan McConnell, Salvador Pena, and Maiken Nedergaardcorresponding author
    Norepinephrine: A Neuromodulator That Boosts the Function of Multiple Cell Types to Optimize CNS Performance
    Neurochem Res. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2013 Jan 18.
    Published in final edited form as:
    Neurochem Res. 2012 Nov; 37(11): 2496–2512.
    Published online 2012 Jun 21. doi: 10.1007/s11064-012-0818-x
  2. A. Schweitzer and Samson Wright
    Action of hordenine compounds on the central nervous system
    J Physiol. 1938 May 14; 92(4): 422–438.
  3. Kim SC1, Lee JH, Kim MH, Lee JA, Kim YB, Jung E, Kim YS, Lee J, Park D.
    Hordenine, a single compound produced during barley germination, inhibits melanogenesis in human melanocytes.
    Send to
    Food Chem. 2013 Nov 1;141(1):174-81. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.03.017. Epub 2013 Mar 14.
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