L-methionine

What is L-methionine?
L-methionine is an essential amino acid, meaning that it is one of eight amino acids that cannot be produced by the human body by itself and instead must be produced through the dietary intake of proteins. It functions as an antioxidant, assists the metabolizing of fats, and plays a role in the production of uplifting neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.

What are the health benefits of L-methionine?
L-methionine has been used to treat osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, depression, nausea associated with morning sickness, and hair loss.

What foods are good sources of L-methionine?
L-methionine can be found in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, spinach, and potatoes. Most fruits and vegetables, however, contain very little L-methionine.

Are there other ways to take L-methionine?
While supplementation of L-methionine is available, it is not recommended that one administer it to oneself without the instruction of a licensed physician.

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