If optimal health is important to you then so are the 9 Essential Amino Acids. Essential Amino Acids are ones that help to build muscle & cannot be produced naturally by the body. It is important that you ingest the right foods &/or supplements in order to give your body the appropriate amount of each amino acid.
In our 9 Essential Amino Acids Series of blogs we are looking at details of each to learn more about where they come from & what their role is within the body.
This article deals with Threonine…
What is Threonine…
Threonine is one of the 9 essential amino acids. The main function of this amino acid is to help maintain & promote the function of your immune system.
The Chemical Formula & Structure…
All amino acids have a general formula: H2NCHRCOOH
Where Does It Come From…?
Threonine is available in certain traces in: dairy foods, meats, grains, mushrooms & leafy vegetables. Those with a healthy & balanced diet are likely to continue to have healthy levels of threonine.
However, because threonine levels are much higher in meats – it may be a good idea for vegans or strict vegetarians to consider a threonine supplement or an essential amino acid supplement that provides a broad spectrum of the nine main aminos.
What Does It Do…?
Threonine is necessary to create:
…each of which are needed to create collagen (essential for healthy bone development), elastin (a protein that provides an elastic quality to tissues) & muscle tissue.
- Protects the liver from liver failure.
- Provides antibodies to the immune system
- May be helpful in the treatment in Lou Gherigs Disease (Otherwise known as ALA – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – remember the Ice Bucket challenge donations recently)
The following symptoms may indicate a threonine deficiency:
- Problems with digestion
- Emotional problems
Too Much of a Good Thing…
Exceeding the recommended doses of threonine can lead to a disruption of the liver function as well as the formation of too much urea (a natural waste product of living organisms)… which can then lead to ammonia toxicity.
Optimal Amount To Take….
The standard dose of a threonine supplement is between 103 & 500 milligrams per day. As always, it is important to check with your doctor to determine your individual needs.
Following the guidelines I provide within my articles will help you maintain an optimal state of being. As I always recommend you should have a full nutritional profile at least once per year so that you know exactly where your vitamin & mineral levels are at – including your amino acid status.
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