Acids – Here Are a Few Popular Supplements
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is a prefix for many of the amino acids or proteins that are the
building blocks for the body. The L denotes a left sided
rotation of the molecule which is the natural form that is recognized
by the human body. The other form is D which is rotated
to the right and is generally undesirable, yet is found in cheaper
amino acid supplements.
many amino acids some made by the body and some that must
be obtained from the diet. Below is a description of the most common
amino acid supplements.
an essential amino acid that must be supplied by the diet as the
body does not manufacture it. It is commonly found in meat, milk,
cheese, egg, and beans. It is easily lost or destroyed in cooking
and other processing, so it is a common deficiency. L-lysine helps
with formation of healthy skin and bones, but is best known for
its immune boosting properties against herpes viruses such as cold
sores and shingles. For shingles or herpes, L-lysine is best taken
with a good vitamin C with bioflavonoids.
is another popular amino acid. It is found in meat and can be made
by the body from L-lysine and vitamin C. L-carnitine helps turn
fat into energy. It is a popular supplement for weight loss, heart
disease and diabetes. Because L-carnitine helps with fat metabolism,
it helps lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol while raising HDL
cholesterol. It provides necessary energy to muscles particularly
the heart muscle and is popular with athletes concerned with
endurance and muscle building.
is used for energy. It is a direct precursor to both adrenaline
and thyroid hormones. L-tyrosine is considered an antidepressant
amino acid, since it is stimulating and provides energy. L-tyrosine
is found in almonds, avocados, bananas and dairy products.
is another antidepressant amino acid, but it is more calming and
sedating as opposed to L-tyrosine which is energizing. L-tryptophan
is a precursor to serotonin which influences moods and sleep. It
is particularly effective with manic depression and depression associated
with menopause. Because L-tryptophan boosts serotonin levels, it
also raises the threshold for pain tolerance and is a mild pain
reliever. L-tryptophan is also the precursor to niacin, or vitamin
B3. Deficiencies of niacin can cause dementia, diarrhea and dermatitis.
L-tryptophan along with niacin has been used successfully for these
issues. L-tryptophan is found in many foods, particulary turkey.
is a lesser known amino acid, but an important one. It functions
in electrically active tissues such as the brain and the heart.
It functions as a mild sedative and has been used successfully to
treat epilepsy. In Japan it is used with cardiac arrythmias and
ischemic heart disease. L-taurine is a building block of bile which
is needed for the digestion of fats so it is beneficial for
the liver and gallbladder. It is also a component of eye health.
L-taurine is found only in animal proteins such as meat, eggs, fish
and milk. It can be synthesized by the body as long as there is
This is just
a sampling of the amino acid supplements that are available. When
supplementing amino acids, remember that quality counts it
is important to get the L version of the amino acid
since that is what the body recognizes and uses.
October 3, 2012
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2012 Margaret
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