Alanine is a non-essential amino acid and helps the body convert the simple sugar glucose into energy and eliminate excess toxins from the liver.
Of the 20 amino acids in the proteins of your body, we can make alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartate, cysteine, glutamate, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine but not histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan or valine.
- Low Alanine levels may point to hypoglycemic conditions because of its role in gluconeogenesis. Supplement with alanine and the branched-chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
- Alanine is an abundant amino acid that is typically low with poor dietary habits or protein malnutrition. Gross protein malnutrition is rarely the result of maldigestion but rather insufficient dietary protein/calories. Alanine is a primary glucose source (gluconeogenesis) with caloric insufficiency (e.g., anorexia, bulimia). Check for low urinary levels of essential amino acids, ammonia, urea, creatinine, and hypoglycemia.
High Alanine levels may point to inadequate cellular energy substrates. Check for hypoglycemia or exercise before the blood draw. Chronic use of alanine for energy can lead to muscle wasting. Supplement the branched-chain amino acids.
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