Glutamic Acid

Glutamic Acid

Glutamic Acid

Formal Name: Glutamate
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: Glutamic Acid is a non-essential amino acid that is produced internally within the body.

Additional Information

Glutamic acid is synthesized from other amino acids such as arginine and ornithine acid. It is a precursor to glutamine, proline, arginine and glutathione. Along with aspartic acid, glutamic acid is the only other amino acid that is negatively charged. It can be converted from glutamine and can also convert itself into glutamine form.

Bodily Functions Glutamic Acid Assists

One of glutamic acid's most important influences within the body is in stimulating the synthesis of gamma-aminobutryic acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps balance out excitatory signals. This requires the conversion of glutamine into glutamic acid. After this has occurred, glutamic acid can increase the levels of GABA within the brain. Glutamic acid can also be found in the muscles where it is used to create muscle proteins and maintain the overall health of musculature. Other physiological processes that glutamic acid is involved in include: assisting the transportation of potassium through the blood-brain barrier; removal of excess ammonia in the brain; help maintain a proper pH level in the blood stream; and assists in the metabolic process of fats and sugars.

Symptoms Of Deficiency:
  • Glutamic Acid deficiency is rare
  • Insomnia
  • Mental fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Low energy level
Foods High In Glutamic Acid

Excellent amounts of glutamic acid can be obtained through meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fish, and protein-rich plants.

Ailments That Glutamic Acid Helps Against:
  • May contribute in the treatment of benign prostate enlargement
  • Helpful in treatment of alcoholism
  • Helps against state of excess ammonia
  • May contribute in the treatment of depression and senility
Side Effects And Toxicity

No known toxicity associated with glutamic acid, however those with kidney or liver disease should consult their doctor before supplementing with this amino acid.