Responsible for healthy blood and the transport of oxygen in the body. Important in the regulation of blood sugar levels.
They provide ingredients for the manufacturing of other essential biochemical components in the body, some of which are utilized for the production of energy, stimulants to the upper brain and helping you to be more alert.
One of the 3 major Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA), all of which are involved with muscle strength, endurance, and muscle stamina.
Muscle tissue uses Isoleucine as an energy source.
Required in the formation of hemoglobin.
BCAA levels are significantly decreased by insulin. Translation: High dietary sugar or glucose intake causes release of insulin, which, in turn, causes a drop in BCAA levels. Therefore, right before exercise, it is not wise to ingest foods high in glucose or other sugars, as the BCAA's, including Isoleucine will not be readily available to muscles.
Essential Branched-chain amino acids include leucine, isoleucine and valine.
Deficiency Signs or Symptoms:
Panic Disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Note: Deficiencies in BCAA in CFS, GWS, FM are associated with muscle weakness, fatigue, and post-exertion exhaustion), Acute hunger, Kwashiorkor (starvation)
Diabetes Mellitus with ketotic hypoglycemia
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