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S-adenosylmethionine (sam-e)
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What is s-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e)?

S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) is a chemical substance which naturally occurs in the body which is involved in many processes within the body.

S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) is naturally produced in the body from the essential amino acid methionine and ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the body's main energy production source.

S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) helps to maintain the structure of cell membranes, assists with immunity and synthesises and breaks down various neurotransmitters and hormones.

SAM-e is also involved in the production of DNA.


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Important s-adenosylmethionine (sam-e) facts

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Why s-adenosylmethionine (sam-e) is important

Many studies have shown that SAM-e may assist in the treatment of many conditions:

People taking any type of medication are advised to discuss possible supplementation with S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) before taking it.


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Last reviewed: 30 September 2007 || Last updated: 14 March 2010


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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