Our bodies are amazing at healing and generating exactly what we need. However, there are a few things that we need to incorporate into our daily diet to give it the building blocks it needs to run as efficiently as possible. The nine essential amino acids fall into that category as they cannot be made by the body and must be supplied by your diet. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are needed to help build and repair muscles and tissues. Having a lack of any of these will, over time, affect both your physical and mental health.
One of these essential amino acids is L-methionine. It is responsible for a number of important body functions and plays a critical role in your body's metabolism. It's also a powerful antioxidant and as such helps fight free radicals in the body as well as slow the aging process. Methionine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is responsible for the production of collagen, which is known to help enhance the condition of skin, hair, and nails.
L-Methionine may also help boost your immune system, as high methionine levels in the body can also increase the levels of other amino acids such as glutathione, homocysteine, and taurine, which all play important roles in immune function. In addition, selenium and zinc cannot be absorbed by the body without the aid of L-Methionine. Since L-Methionine acts as a chelator, it is also used in helping treat acetaminophen and copper poisoning. This is because your body makes cysteine from methionine, which is in turn converted into glutathione, the main detoxification agent in the body.
Methionine also helps the body produce SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-methionine), which has been used to treat psychiatric illnesses, infertility, liver problems, premenstrual disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions. Studies on SAMe have shown that it is as effective as tricyclic antidepressants in alleviating depression.
Ongoing studies that show promise are also being conducted to determine how effective L-Methionine may be for treating HIV/AIDS, liver damage, Parkinson's disease, and urinary tract infections.
In addition, according to WebMD, L-Methionine is also used for...
- increasing the acidity of urine
- treating liver disorders
- improving wound healing
- treating depression
- anti-aging effects
- copper poisoning
- radiation side effects
- drug withdrawal
L-Methionine can be found in a number of foods including fish, meat, dairy products, sesame seeds, and some nuts. You can also find it in Jon Barron's Ultimate Antioxidant and as one of the amino acids in his Nutribody Protein formulas.