Methionine is one of the essential amino acids (building blocks of protein), meaning that it cannot be produced by the body, and must be provided by the diet. It supplies sulfur and other compounds required by the body for normal metabolism and growth. Methionine also belongs to a group of compounds called lipotropics, or chemicals that help the liver process fats (lipids). Others in this group include choline, inositol, and betaine (trimethylglycine).
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:
|2,000 mg daily||[2 stars] |
Supplementing with methionine and other nutrients significantly reduced pain, normalized antioxidant levels and free radical activity, and prevented acute recurrences of pancreatitis in one study.
|5 grams per day||[2 stars] |
Preliminary trials have suggested that the amino acid methionine may effectively treat some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
HIV and AIDS Support
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] |
One trial found that methionine may improve memory recall in people with AIDS-related nervous system degeneration.
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