Alanine is a "nonessential" amino acid—which means that the body can produce it even if it is not consumed through food.
How It Works
How to Use It
Most people do not need to supplement with alanine; for those who do use this amino acid as a supplement, appropriate amounts should be determined with the consultation of a physician.
Where to Find It
As with the other amino acids, excellent sources of alanine include meat and poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Some protein-rich plant foods also supply alanine.
Since alanine is synthesized in the body and is also provided by most foods that are sources of protein, deficiencies are unlikely to occur.1
Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds
Interactions with Medicines
Alanine is free of side effects for the vast majority of people who take it; however, people with kidney or liver disease should not consume high intakes of amino acids without consulting a healthcare professional.
Last Review: 03-18-2015
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