All About Amino Acids

Alanine
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Why alanine is good for you

Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that plays a key role in maintaining glucose levels in the body by helping the body to convert glucose into energy. Alanine also eliminates excess toxins from the liver.

Alanine is required for the metabolism of glucose and tryptophan and beta-alanine (which is a constituent of vitamin B5 - pantothenic acid) as well as coenzyme A.

 

Important alanine facts

 

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Groups at risk of alanine deficiency

As a rule, alanine deficiency is rare - alanine is a non-essential amino acid, so the body can manufacture enough of its own. The following groups are the only ones known to be at any risk of alanine deficiency:

People in these groups at risk of alanine deficiency should talk to a medical professional about alanine supplementation BEFORE taking it.

 

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Symptoms of alanine deficiency

None known. Alanine is a non-essential amino acid, so the body can normally manufacture enough of its own for normal usage.

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Alanine and health

Always talk to a medical professional about alanine supplements BEFORE taking them.

 

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Alanine in food

Food Amount
Alanine (mg)
Turkey – bone/skin removed
1/4 (240g)
3600
Snapper fish – raw or cooked
1 fillet (218g)
2703
Canned tuna (in water)
1 can (165g)
2546
Northern pike - cooked
1/2 fillet (155g)
2314
Northern pike - raw
1/2 fillet (198g
2307
Ling fish - cooked
1 fillet (151g)
2223
Ling fish - raw
1 fillet (193g)
2215
Haddock fish - raw
1 fillet (193g)
2206
Northern Lobster – cooked
1 cup (145g)
1683
Pacific Cod - raw
1 fillet (116g)
1256
Pacific Cod - cooked
1 fillet (90g)
1249
Yellow fin tuna - raw
1/2 fillet (100g)
1414
Atlantic perch fish – cooked
1 fillet (50g)
722
Perch fish - raw
1 fillet (60g)
704
Chicken breast – oven roasted
2 slices (42g)
426
Beef pastrami
3 slices (28g)
351
Egg white – raw
1 large (33g)
232
Blue crab – raw
1 crab (21g)
215
Seaweed, raw
10 sheets (28g)
184

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Alanine recommended daily intake (RDI)

RDA No information available
 
TOLERABLE UPPER LIMIT 200-600mg
 
TOXIC LEVELS No information available

 

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Alanine works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for carnitine

Alanine does not have many side effects for healthy individuals, but it is not advisable to take it in excessive amounts.

The following groups should not consume high levels of alanine supplements and should seek medical advice before taking it at all:

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references

 

Last reviewed: 26 September 2007 || Last updated: 2 December 2008

 

NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of amino acid supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.

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