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Acetyl-L-Carnitine: Grade-A Energy Producer

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is one of the body’s basic building blocks, an amino acid that is involved in the production of energy, healthy heart and brain function, muscle movement, the metabolism of cells and many other functions. The body is capable of converting Acetyl-L-Carnitine into the closely related L-Carnitine compound, which turns body fat into energy. It’s […]

Can Carnitine Help Enhance Exercise Performance?

Feel like your workouts aren’t going so well? Perhaps carnitine supplements may be of use to reach your fitness goals.  The compound carnitine is synthesized from amino acids lysine and methionine. Its role is to transport fatty acids from the cytosol to the mitochondria to help break down lipids and fats in order to create […]

Egg Protein Powder for Your Essential Amino Acids – the Superior Choice?

Egg protein powder has been on the market for years and although not as popular as whey protein, it should be a consideration for those who wish to get a near perfect protein with all the essential amino acids. Even without the egg yolk to supplement the body with cholesterol and fats, the protein of […]

Vegan Sources of Lysine Amino Acid

It is well established that vegetarians and vegans are often deficient in the amino acid lysine, which can lead to diminished health. Lysine typically comes from protein foods like meats (beef, pork, turkey, chicken, etc.), eggs, fish, and even dairy. Making sure you have adequate protein intake is the key to getting enough lysine, but are nuts […]

Does L-tryptophan Affect Women More Than Men?

An interesting study from Europe has found that depletion of the amino acid L-tryptophan affects emotional processing, specifically how we recognize fear. But are women affected more than men? L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means we must obtain it from our diet, or in supplements. L-tryptophan is found in many animal and plant […]

Sulfur-Containing Amino Acids Cysteine and Methionine

The two main sulfur-containing amino acids are cysteine and methionine; however, there are other sulfur-containing amino acids as well. Both cysteine and methionine are nonpolar as well as hydrophobic, with methionine being extremely hydrophobic as far as amino acids go. Methionine is also found inside proteins, and cysteine is often found there too. There are […]

Selenium and Selenocysteine and Health

Selenium is a nonmetal element on the periodic table (between sulfur and tellurium), while Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid. But when Selenium performs its biological functions, it does so through selenoproteins. Selenoproteins have selenium in them as the form of the 21st amino acid, selenocysteine (also called Sec), which is a cysteine analog. Selenocysteine […]