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An Overview of L Phenylalanine as a Beneficial Amino Acid

An Overview of L Phenylalanine as a Beneficial Amino Acid

According to some researches L-phenylalanine is an amino acid in which is formed naturally as differing with D-Phenylalanine that is formed artificially. It is a neurotransmitter that is considered to have evident medical benefits. But then there are also various considerations as well as risks related with regards to this particular amino acid.

Only high protein enriched foods are the main L-phenylalanine source such as meat, dairy products, and fish are all excellent L-phenylalanine sources. Most probably people who consume such foods on a customary basis generally have enough L-phenylalanine however vegetarian or individuals who severely limit their protein intake might consider taking L-phenylalanine supplements.

L-phenylalanine is also helpful in the cure of vitiligo which was learned with various studies. With such condition, L-phenylalanine is applied to the skin in a relevant form and in concurrence with a UVA radiation. It could also be helpful as a factor to a treatment procedure regarding depression.

Children, people having kidney problems and women who are pregnant should be cautious on the overall phenylalanine amount they take which includes both types of phenylalanine. It is also imperative to be reminded that there is probable L-phenylalanine overdose. A dose higher than 5,000 mg with such amino acid causes noticeable nerve damage. In accordance with the Penn State Hershey Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in the United States tests on babies after birth for such condition by means of a blood sample taken onto a heel stick.

Studies suggest that people who take Levodopa which is an anti-psychotic drug for Parkinson's disease must avoid high dosages of L-phenylalanine. Furthermore, it has been observed that people who take Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors or simply MAOIs, Baclofen and neuroleptic drugs must avoid certain therapeutic L-phenylalanine levels. Supplementation with L-phenylalanine must be informed with qualified medical professionals to be advised regarding safe and effective dosages.

 


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