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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Other Ingredients: None
Free of: Soy, Dairy, Yeast, Gluten, Corn & Additives.
Directions: As a dietary supplement, take 2000 mg (1/2 tsp) daily, or as directed by a physician.
Warning: If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medications or have any medical condition consult your physician before use. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dark & dry place.
L-alanine, or simply alanine, is a non-essential amino acid and structural component in many proteins. It’s also an integral component of the glucose-alanine cycle, which provides more glucose to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for energy. It also helps remove toxic ammonia from skeletal muscles. The body can produce l-alanine from pyruvate or any of the three branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), isoleucine, leucine, and valine. The food and beverage industry uses it as a flavoring agent as it has a pleasant, sweet taste.
Skeletal muscles can’t use the urea cycle to remove ammonia and must use the glucose-alanine cycle instead. It begins by combining skeletal ammonia with α-ketoglutarate to produce glutamate and α-keto acid. Alanine aminotransferase enzymes then revert the glutamate back into α-ketoglutarate and give the ammonia to pyruvate, ultimately forming alanine. The alanine can then shuttle the ammonia to the liver, where liver hepatocytes can safely remove the ammonia via the urea cycle. The pyruvate undergoes glycolysis to form glucose as an indirect energy source for fatigued muscles, the brain, and the central nervous system.
L-Alanine is one of the most important amino acids released from muscles, as it is a significant energy source. It provides energy to the muscles as part of the glucose-alanine cycle and inhibits the body from burning muscle for energy during exercise or periods of fasting. It also works with branched-chain amino acids to reduce muscle fatigue during exercise. Skeletal muscles release BCAAs to use their carbon backbones as an energy source. The nitrogen portion then forms alanine. One animal study found that a ratio of one part BCAA and two parts l-alanine improved BCAA bioavailability and reduced muscle fatigue during exercise.
L-Alanine helps increase immunity by producing lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are antibodies that produce white blood cells known as T cells. T cells are critical for the adaptive immune response and to protect the body against infectious invaders.
L-Alanine helps the body balance its blood sugar. It boosts insulin production and secretion, which improves glucose metabolism. It may support weight loss efforts, too. An animal study noted that alanine supplements suppressed lipogenesis, the process that converts fatty acids into fats and acetyl-CoA into triglycerides for storage in fat. Additionally, it stimulates antioxidant expression.
L-Alanine does not typically cause side effects. The FDA granted l-alanine generally recognized as safe status (GRAS). Individuals with kidney problems or high blood pressure should not take l-alanine. Individuals with diabetes should consult a physician before taking l-alanine supplements, as it may affect blood sugar.
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*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.