Valine is one of the 9 essential amino acids – meaning it is an amino acid that cannot be produced by the body- it must be obtained through the diet.
This means that it is important that you eat a diet rich in all 9 of these amino acids in order to keep your body healthy & balanced.
Learn about Valine & keep an eye out for the other 8 blogs in our 9-Essential Amino Acid Series.
What is Valine? …
Valine is a nonpolar, hydrophobic essential amino acid which helps with muscle growth. Valine is hydrophobic, meaning it prefers to be buried in the interior core of proteins.
Valine plays a role in muscle metabolism, the maintenance of a proper nitrogen balance in the body & tissue repair.
The Chemical Formula & Structure…
All amino acids have a general formula: H2NCHRCOOH
Valine’s chemical formula is: C5H11NO2
…& it is structured as follows:
What Does It Do?…
Valine plays the following roles in the body:
- Stimulates metabolism & tissue repair
- Provides energy to the muscle tissue
- Treats liver & gallbladder disease
- Provides glucose
- Promotes mental vigor
- Supports muscle coordination
- Promotes calm emotions
- Helps remove excess nitrogen from the liver
- Helps transport nitrogen to all tissues in the body
Where it Comes From…
High doses of valine can be found in the following foods:
- Soy Flower
- Cottage Cheese
Valine deficiencies can create a negative hydrogen balance in the body. Deficiencies can result in:
- Muscle sensitivity
- Deteriorating muscle function
- Mental Health Impairment
- Loss of Balance
- Heightened sensitivity to allergens
Optimal Amount To Take….
25-65 mg per pound of body weight is the optimal amount per day.
However, if you are a frequent exerciser, are trying to build muscle mass or don’t get enough protein in your diet – it is important to consider a valine or amino acid supplement.
Works Best With…..
While valine can stand-alone it works best when taken with two other branched-chain amino acids: isoleucine & leucine.
It is ideal to find a BCAA supplement that provides appropriate amounts of amino acids in combination.
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