Scientific name: Leucine, Leucine Alias: α- Amino group- γ- Methyl valeric acid α- Aminohexoic acid English name: Leucine Three letter symbol: Leu Single letter symbol: L

Function and purpose

Leucine can be used as nutritional supplement and flavoring agent. Can prepare amino acid infusion and comprehensive amino acid preparations, hypoglycemic agents, and plant growth promoters.

The role of Leucine includes working with Isoleucine and Valine to repair muscles, control blood sugar, and provide energy to body tissues. It also increases the production of growth hormone and helps to burn visceral fat, which is located within the body and cannot be effectively affected solely through diet and exercise.

Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are all Branched-chain amino acid, which help promote muscle recovery after training. Among them, Leucine is a more effective Branched-chain amino acid, which can effectively prevent muscle loss, because it can be decomposed into glucose faster. Increasing glucose can prevent muscle tissue damage, making it particularly suitable for bodybuilders. Leucine also promotes the healing of bones, skin, and damaged muscle tissue. Doctors usually recommend that patients take Leucine supplements after surgery.

Because it is easily converted to glucose, Leucine helps regulate blood sugar levels. People with lysine deficiency may experience symptoms similar to hypoglycemia, such as headache, dizziness, fatigue, depression, mental disorder, and irritability.

Good food sources of Leucine include brown rice, beans, meat, nuts, soybean flour, and whole wheat. As it is an essential amino acid, it means that the body cannot produce it on its own and can only obtain it through diet. People who engage in high-intensity physical activity and a low protein diet should consider taking lysine supplements. Although there is an independent supplement, it is better to take it together with Isoleucine and Valine. Therefore, choosing a mixed type supplement is more convenient.

But like anything, excessive intake of Leucine will also cause side effects. Large intake is known to be related to Pellagra, vitamin A deficiency and other problems, and will cause dermatitis, diarrhea, mental disorder and other problems. Too much Leucine in the diet will also increase the amount of ammonia in the body, and damage the liver and kidney functions. Therefore, unless a doctor has been consulted, patients with impaired liver or kidney function should not use large doses of Leucine, which will lead to deterioration of the condition.