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What L Lysine Is And Why Your Body Needs It

Lauri Crowe By Lauri Crowe on
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Chemical Structure Of L-Lysine

L-Lysine is also just called lysine. Lysine is an essential amino acid which is necessary for human health. However, the body cannot manufacture lysine on its own. The human body has to get l-lysine from food sources. L-lysine, like all amino acid, is an important building block of protein in your body.

What Does Lysine Do In The Human Body?

L-lysine is very important for proper growth and development. This amino acid plays a very essential role in producing carnitine. Carnitine is a nutrient that is integral to converting fatty acid into energy in the body. This process is very important in lowering cholesterol. If your l-lysine isn’t up to par, this amino acid can’t do its important work of producing carnitine and you can have a higher risk of high cholesterol.

L-Lysine Helps Form Collagen

Another important role of lysine in the body is to help with calcium absorption (which is necessary for proper bone health), as well as formation of collagen. Laboratory studies suggest that when lysine combines with calcium-rich bone building cells they are more active and produce collagen more readily in the body. Without proper calcium absorption, less collagen production occurs in the body. Collagen is a substance which is very important for the connective tissues and bones in your body to work correctly. Connective tissue includes your skin, tendons and cartilage.

What If I Don’t Have Enough Lysine?

Most people get plenty of l-lysine through their dietary intake. However, athletes and vegans can sometimes need more lysine to meet bodily needs, or don’t get enough l-lysine through eating. If you don’t have enough lysine in your body, deficiency of this amino acid can cause fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and a lack of appetite. People who don’t have enough l-lysine in their bodies may also experience slow growth patterns, anemia, reproductive disorders and even agitation.

How Do I Get More L-Lysine In My Diet?

It is very important to get enough of this amino acid in your system, and if you aren’t, you need to learn how to get more lysine in your diet. Most lysine comes from high protein foods. Some readily available sources of l-lysine include eggs, red meats, cheese and soybeans.