Lysine : The essential amino acid that is a basic building block of all protein.

Lysine is an essential amino acid, and so cannot be manufactured in the body. It is therefore vital that adequate amounts be included in the diet. Lysine is an essential amino acid and is a basic building block of all protein. This nutrient was first isolated in 1889 from casein. Lysine has a net positive charge at physiological pH values, making it one of the three basic (with respect to charge) amino acids. This polar amino acid is commonly found on the surfaces of proteins and enzymes, and sometimes appears in the active site. Lysine is incorporated into proteins at the rate of 7 percent on a molar basis compared to the other amino acids.

It is needed for proper growth and bone development in children; it helps calcium absorption and maintains a proper nitrogen balance in adults. This amino acid aids in the production of antibodies, hormones, and enzymes, and helps in collagen formation and tissue repair. Because it helps to build muscle protein,

Since it helps with the building of muscle protein, it is useful for patients recovering from injuries and recovery after operations, and there might be use in lysine to help maintain healthy blood vessels. It also seems to assist in fighting herpes and cold sores.

Uses and Benefits of Lysine

  • If people are not taking proper diet or diet less of lysine , there are possibilities that they can face such problems as hair loss, inability to concentrate well, bloodshot eyes, growth retardation, problems in reproductive systems, irritability, weight loss and all the time feeling of fatigue and lethargy.
  • Some nutritionally oriented physicians and dentists recommend taking lysine during an outbreak of canker sores to speed healing.
  • The most promising application of lysine is its use in managing and preventing painful and unsightly herpes sores caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
  • It is also utilized in our body for producing antibodies, enzymes, hormones and collagen. It also plays role in wound heeling and repair. It maintains the nitrogen balance in the body. It increases the muscle mass and is therefore good food for those who are recovering from some injuries or from any surgery. It maintains the health of blood vessels.
  • It is required for growth and bone development in children, assists in calcium absorption and maintaining the correct nitrogen balance in the body and maintaining lean body mass. Furthermore it is needed to produce antibodies, hormones, enzymes, collagen formation as well as repair of tissue.
  • Taking supplemental L-lysine, together with vitamin C with bioflavonoids, can effectively fight or prevent herpes outbreaks, especially if foods containing the amino acid arginine are avoided.
  • Supplemental L-lysine also may decrease acute alcohol intoxication.

Deficiency Symptoms of Lysine

Deficiencies can result in anemia, bloodshot eyes, enzyme disorders, hair loss, an inability to concentrate, irritability, lack of energy, poor appetite, reproductive disorders, retarded growth, and weight loss

Rich Food Sources of Lysine

  • Animal Source: The animal sources of lysine are chicken, beef, milk, catfish, eggs, cheese etc.
  • Plant sources: Some of the plant sources are pulses, chickpea, kidney beans, yeasts, lentils, soybeans, potatoes, navy beans etc

10 thoughts on “Lysine : The essential amino acid that is a basic building block of all protein.

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