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Veterinarian Reviewed on June 5, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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L- Methionine

What is L-Methionine?

There are eight essential amino acids and L-Methionine is one of them. This is a building block for proteins, which our bodies cannot produce naturally and hence, needs to be ingested. Our methionine supply is dependent on the diet we take and is mostly found in dairy products and meat.

How important is it in the cellular level?

Sulphur is one mineral found in amino acids like methionine which is responsible in a number of important body functions. It also contributes to the improvement of skin, as well as the condition of hair and nails. Too, Sulfur protects the cells by fighting off pollutants and is known to slow down the aging process. It also boosts metabolism.

On the other hand, Selenium and Zinc cannot be absorbed by the body without the aid of L-Methionine. This essential amino acid also serves as a lipotropic agent to stop fat accumulation in the liver and is a classic chelator of lead, mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals, where these dangerous elements are bonded and finally excreted out of the body.
Methionine is also responsible for the production of collagen which makes skin more supple and improves hair and skin quality.

What is it for?

Because it serves as a lipotropic, L-Methionine is important in processing fats and maintaining the good condition of the liver by preventing fat build up and aiding in the elimination of fatty substances that block arteries especially those responsible in the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, kidneys and the brain.

Methionine also eases fatigue and can also alleviate allergies since it reduces the release of histamine. Medical professionals have also found it useful in the treatment of rheumatic fever.
In addition, it is directly accountable for the manufacture of creatine naturally found in muscle tissues, providing these tissues the energy needed to move. Creatine is identified with good muscle function, supporting heart and circulatory systems. That is why people into heavy workouts are encouraged to take L-Methionine supplements.

How safe is it?

On a general scale, L-Methionine is a safe supplement. Care should be taken, however in its administration to pregnant and lactating women as well as young children since the safe dosages for these groups are yet to be established. Patients suffering from serious liver and kidney ailments also need to consult their physicians before taking the supplement.

What do recent researches reveal about it?

A double-blind research found that Methionine supplements, if taken with the proper dosage may result to the improvement of the immune system in people suffering from HIV. Although Methionine deficiency is nil due to its abundance in one’s everyday diet, this acid is believed to delay the development of age-related cataracts. Another study involving rats disclosed that Methionine may be used to protect the liver from acetaminophen poisoning. There is also evidence gathered through preliminary studies that Methionine may help in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease although this still needs further verification.

How to choose the best L-Methionine product?

There are manufacturing laboratories and pharmacies who sell diluted or adulterated L-Methionine products. The market is flooded with these products and therefore, it is important to buy only from GMP compliant pharmacies that strictly adhere to global standards. This way, you will be assured of high-grade, potent L-Methionine that is worth the true value of your money.

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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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