All About Amino Acids

Glutamic Acid (Glutamate)
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Why glutamic acid is good for you

Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid and is synthesized from a number of amino acids including ornithine and arginine. Glutamic Acid is important in the metabolism of sugars and fats. It also helps with the transportation of potassium across the blood-brain barrier, although glutamic acid itself does not pass this barrier that easily. Gluatamic acid (or glutamate) is actually part of the folate molecule, so that is why it is deemed a non-essential amino acid, as the body can usually get enough of it through adequate folate in the diet.

 

Important glutamic acid facts

 

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Groups at risk of glutamic acid deficiency

None known.

 

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Symptoms of glutamic acid deficiency

None known.

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Glutamic acid and health

Talk to a medical professional about glutamic acid supplements BEFORE taking them

 

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Glutamic acid in food

FOOD AMOUNT
Glutamic Acid (mg)
Light tuna, canned in oil
1 can (171g)
7302
Snapper, cooked
1 fillet (170g)
6672
Clams mixed species
20 small (190g)
6600
Chicken breast, no skin, cooked
1 cup (140g)
6504
Halibut, cooked
1/2 fillet (159g)
6335
Canned tuna – in water
1 can (165g
6283
Edam cheese
100g
6149
Atlantic cod
1 fillet (180g)
6135
King mackerel, raw
1/2 fillet (198g)
5996
Cheese, gruyere
100g
5982
King mackerel, cooked
1/2 fillet (154g)
5976
Lean veal leg, cooked
100g
5806
Northern pike, cooked
100g
5712
Swiss cheese
100g
5704
Goat cheese
100g
5608
Mozzarella, park skim
100g
5677
Lean round beef (0% fat)
100g
5422
Lean veal sirloin, cooked
100g
5372

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Glutamic acid recommended daily intake (RDI)

RDA 0.8g/kg body weight
 
TOLERABLE UPPER LIMIT 500mg-3000mg
 
TOXIC LEVELS No information available

 

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Glutamic acid works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for glutamic acid

No major side effects or toxicity have been reported in generally healthy adults, but high doses have presented symptoms such as headaches and neurological problems.

CAUTIONS

Anyone suffering from kidney or liver disease should NOT take this supplement without first discussing it with their medical health practitioner.

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references

 

Last reviewed: 11 January 2007 || Last updated: 26 September 2007

 

NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients 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 amino acid supplement.
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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