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Glutamic Acid HCl

Veterinarian Reviewed on June 14, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Glutamic Acid HCI


Glutamic acid HCl, or Glu, is one of the 20 proteinogenic amino acids and it is considered to be a non-essential amino acid. It can also be called glutamate and this amino acid occurs naturally in the human body.

Glutamic acid HCl is mostly used to flavor food and many products have Glutamic acid HCl as the main ingredient in adding flavor to an otherwise bland and boring dish. Glutamic acid HCl is also essential as a supplement to aid digestion.

History and Origin

Glutamic acid HCl along with other amino acids were first discovered in 1866 by a German chemist named Karl Heinrich Leopold Rotthausen. A Japanese researcher named Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University was the first to create Glutamic acid HCl crystals in 1907 and his discovery is better known as monosodium glutamate, or MSG.

Ancient Uses

The use of Glutamic acid HCl during ancient times was not specific to the amino acid but with the consumption of food that contained Glutamic acid HCl, or MSG. Our ancestors were mainly meat eaters and had a great supply of Glutamic acid HCl from meat, fish, eggs and dairy products.

Modern Uses

In modern times, Glutamic acid HCl is known to be effective in the treatment of many digestive problems. It is useful in people with low acid secretion like patients who are suffering from diabetes.
The use of Glutamic acid HCl for its anti aging properties is also seen since it has been found to be beneficial in the prevention of wrinkle formation, age spots and many other skin conditions related to aging. Internal aging of the body organs may also be prevented if you take Glutamic acid HCl supplements; periodontal diseases and digestive disorders related to aging can be prevented as well.
The use of Glutamic acid HCl as a food additive to enhance flavor and taste in food has been widely used in modern times. It is well known as monosodium glutamate or MSG and marketed by different brands of food flavor enhancers. There were controversies regarding the safety of Glutamic acid HCl as a food additive but in 2003 all of these were laid to rest as the Journal of Chemical Education mentioned that there is absolutely no cause for alarm at all.
The dose of Glutamic acid HCl for daily adequate requirements is around 500 to 1,500 mg. There are Glutamic acid HCl supplements that you can purchase and are also found in many protein supplements as well.

Side Effects

The use of Glutamic acid HCl is safe. There are several mild side effects on its excessive use like headaches, burning sensations, nausea, vomiting and also chest pains. It is therefore advisable to seek medical advice if you want to use Glutamic acid HCl supplements for your illness since it may counteract the effect of the medications you may be currently taking.

Healthy individuals may not need Glutamic acid HCl supplements at all but if you wish to use this amino acid it is better to consult your doctor for the right dosage amount according to your specific needs and illness.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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