A healthy result should fall into the range 23 - 136 µmol/L.

Glutamic acid (or Glutamate) is a major mediator of excitatory signals in the brain and is involved in most aspects of normal brain function including cognition, memory and learning.

- Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid.
- Glutamic acid is also referred to as glutamate.
- It is used in the biosynthesis of proteins.
- Glutamic acid functions as an excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and is important in removing ammonia from the brain.
- Glutamic acid is the most common excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.
- It also regulates appetite, cognition/learning/memory, increases gut motility, improves libido and decreases sleep

How does Glutamic acid end up in urine?

Some neurotransmitters are produced in the brain and transported across the blood-brain barrier into blood, and others are produced in the periphery (e.g., norepinephrine and epinephrine). Nephrons, the functional units of the kidney, filter circulating neurotransmitters or their precursors from the blood into urine. For some neurotransmitters, such as glutamate, urinary measurements correlate with levels in the central nervous system.

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