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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lysine



Feeling like you’re moving in slow motion? You’re not alone. Our bodies metabolize fat to energy, but some days…it’s just not feeling it. Your cells aren’t lazy, but they might be hoping for more l-lysine amino acids to help pick up the pace.

Lysine is a building block for all the protein in our body. It’s important in collagen and bone formation, as well as assisting calcium absorption and hormone and antibody production. Together with iron and vitamin C, lysine helps form collagen. Carnitine, an important energy-producing compound, is synthesized from lysine and may improve fat utilization and energy production. In other words, it helps out with a lot of good things – not just energy.

L-Lysine is an essential amino acid. We need it, but we can’t synthesize it on our own. That’s why eating a diet rich in L-Lysine is recommended, but when that’s not possible, lysine supplements can be an ideal nutritional replacement.

Dietary Sources:

Foods rich in protein are good sources of lysine. That includes meat (specifically red meat, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), nuts, eggs, soybeans (particularly tofu, isolated soy protein, and defatted soybean flour), spirulina, and fenugreek seed. Brewer's yeast, beans and other legumes, and dairy products also contain lysine.

Available Forms:

Lysine is available in tablets, capsules, creams, and liquids, and is usually sold in the L-lysine form.