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L-methionine< is an essential amino acid. Amino acids are used by the body to help build proteins contributing to healthy skin, and strong hair and nails. The body cannot manufacture methionine independently, so it must be obtained through foods such as cheese, eggs, fish, meat and poultry. Methionine is a glycogenic amino acid, meaning that it can be converted to glycogen for energy if need be.
Through its derivative SAMe, methionine serves as a methyl donor, helping to reduce toxic homocysteine levels. Methionine is also an intermediate in the production of carnitine, taurine, lecithin and other phospholipids. Improper conversion of methionine can lead to atherosclerosis.
Use as directed. L-methionine is available in caplet, powder, and tablet form.
Pregnant/nursing women, individuals with liver or kidney disease, or individuals with any serious illness should not take methionine. L-methionine should only be used under the specific advise of a physician.