Formal Name: 2-Amino-3-hydroxypropionic acid
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: Serine is a non-essential amino acid that is produced internally within the body.

Additional Information

Serine can be produced by the body from glycine, another non-essential amino acid. Vitamin B3, B6 and folic acid must be sufficiently present within the body to produce serine.

Bodily Functions Serine Assists

Serine is considered to be a very versatile amino acid due to its presence in various functions of the body. In order to produce tryptophan, a precursor to the important neurotransmitter serotonin, serine is initially needed. It is also present in the production of antibodies and immunoglobins within the immune system. It has a part in the formation of various other cells, as well as in the functioning of RNA, DNA and in the creation of myelin sheaths that cover the nerves. Additionally, it is involved in the metabolism process of fats and fatty acids.

Symptoms Of Deficiency:
  • Serine deficiency is rare and mostly inherited
  • Abnormally small head
  • Seizures
  • Slow mental cognitive functioning
  • Uncontrolled muscle contraction and stiffening
Foods High In Serine

High amounts of serine can be found in soybeans, tuna, fish, cheeses, egg, poultry, and meat.

Ailments That Serine Helps Against:
  • Not known to be directly linked to the treatment or prevention of any disorder or problem.
Side Effects And Toxicity

No known toxicity danger has been identified, but high levels of serine can lead to immune suppression and psychological disorders. Patients with kidney or liver disease should consult their doctor before supplementing with this amino acid.