Now to wrap up our Essential Amino Acid Series, here is volume 9 all about Histidine.
What is it?…
Histidine helps produce & synthesise red blood cells (RBC) & white blood cells (WBC).
It is used by the body to help develop & maintain healthy tissue. It is an important building block in the myelin sheath which coats nerve cells & helps to transmit messages from the brain to all of the organs in your body.
Studies show that histidine may help to protect the body from radiation damage & help prevent the onset of AIDS.
Role it Plays…
A good balance of histidine is essential in order to maintain proper mental & physical health.
Low levels of histidine have been associated with physiological disorders like anxiety & schizophrenia. Lack of histidine is also thought to lead to rheumatoid arthritis & deafness from nerve damage.
Histidine has even been implicated in the treatment of mental disorders & sexual dysfunction.
Where Does It Come From…
Like other amino acids, histidine is found primarily in food that are high in protein.
Food sources of histiidine:
- Dairy products
- Bamboo Shoots
- Citrus Fruits
Obviously be aware of any food intolerances you may have & avoid those foods.
Optimal Amount To Take….
Optimal amounts of histidine range from 0.5 to 20 grams per day. Typically adults with a balance diet provide their body with enough histidine to support their daily needs however you may consider supplementation if you do not feel like you are getting enough from your diet, or if you are looking to supplement to help moderate a specific condition such as arthritis.
Histidine supplements up to 30 grams per day have proven to have no adverse side effects for short periods of time.
As always, it is important to check with your physician to help you decide if a supplement is right for you.
Also, be sure to learn about the other 9 Amino Acids in our blog series, all available through the ShapeTrainer Blog:
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