Grandma's Valine
Essential Amino Acid Guide

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Valine is an essential amino acid that has a stimulant effect. It is needed for muscle metabolism, tissue repair, and the maintenance of a proper nitrogen balance in the body. Valine is found in high concentrations in muscle tissue. It is one of the branched-chain amino acids, which means that it can be used as an energy source by muscle tissue.

The essential acid is good for correcting the type of severe amino acid deficiencies that can be caused by drug addiction.

An excessively high level of valine may lead to such symptoms as a crawling sensation in the skin and even hallucinations.

Dietary sources of valine include:

  • dairy products
  • grains
  • meat
  • mushrooms
  • peanuts
  • soy protein

Supplemental L-valine should always be taken in balance with the other branched-chain amino acids, L-isoleucine and L-leucine. Click on these links to read about these branched-chain amino acids.


The statement's made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.


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