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L Lysine Amino Acid

The best sources for L Lysine are meats, fish, and eggs. Vegans and Vegetarians are reported to often lack essential amino acids.

1. "L-lysine is an amino acid (a building block of protein) that is essential for health. However, it cannot be manufactured naturally in the human body like other types of amino acids. Therefore, L-lysine, also called lysine, is considered as one of the eight essential amino acids.

In order to obtain lysine, one has to eat foods high in its content or take dietary supplements containing it. As a building block for protein, amino acids like L-lysine are necessary for normal growth and development. In particular, L-lysine is needed by the body to manufacture carnitine, a substance that is used in the conversion of fatty acids into energy. It also helps in calcium absorption and collagen formation which are important for muscle and bone health.

Foods that are high in L-lysine include high protein foods like nuts, red meat, eggs, milk, cheese, beans, and sardines. However, some people may need more than just the usual dietary food to supply their needs for lysine, such as athletes, body builders, vegetarians, and vegans. These people can get additional sources of L-lysine from nutritional supplements in the form of liquids, tablets, or capsules which are available in health stores or pharmacies." http://www.md-health.com/L-Lysine-Benefits.html

2. "This report demonstrates that a 4-d long L-lysine deficiency in rats interfered with the normal circadian release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, but not dopamine,...We conclude that a severe deficiency of dietary L-lysine enhances serotonin release in the amygdala, with subsequent changes in psychobehavioral responses to stress." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12468617

3. Summary of a great article by Alexander Yezovit." Lysine is one of the three most important essential amino acids that our body can only get from food." Lysine is needed to digest food. Low levels may cause herpes. Older people need more, lack of lysine upsets the whole body. There is much more to the article and it provides valuable information about L Lysine. http://www.fit-leader.com/eng-articles/lysine.shtml

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