What Lysine Can Do For You

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What is lysine and what can it do for you? Lysine is an essential amino acid that your body needs to function properly. It helps in building muscle protein and promotes the formation of antibodies, enzymes and hormones.

The wonder of this amino acid is that it does a multitude of things to keep you healthy and strong. When you have wounds due to injury or surgery, lysine helps in the healing process. Lysine is primarily responsible for producing collagen which helps in repairing torn tendons, muscles, ligaments and skin. Lysine is also responsible for helping the body absorb and retain the calcium it needs. As a result, the bones are stronger and less susceptible to bone disease, especially osteoporosis.

Lysine comes very handy for athletes and bodybuilders who have a tendency to push their bodies to the limits and overuse the muscles. As a result, they experience some level of damage because of overtraining. Lysine helps combat this by speeding up recovery, as well as building muscle protein and ensuring that nitrogen levels are maintained. This amino acid also supports the immune system, helping it create antibodies to ward off infection and sickness.

Those deficient in lysine have experienced symptoms such as impaired growth, constant fatigue, lethargy, nausea and a marked lack of appetite. Lysine, being an essential amino acid, cannot be formed in the body. It has to come from other sources - lysine-rich food or supplements. If you want to use supplements, you should first check with your doctor about it.

Be sure to also follow the recommended daily dose and avoid taking too much of this amino acid. To get the most out of lysine you will need 500 mg of it two times a day. It is important to note that taking too much of lysine may cause gallstones and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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This is an article written by Cristi Enache. Read more on lysine or discover the secrets of L glutamine

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This article was published on 2010/03/29