L-Alanine is made up of white crystals or a crystalline powder, and is used as an additive to improve the nutritional value in food and drinks such as bread, tea, and dairy products. L-Alanine is an amino acid that improves the body’s utilization of protein. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is L-Alanine?
L-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid produced by the human body that is involved in the metabolism of sugar and acids. As a dietary supplement, it can help reduce body fat levels, promote insulin regulation, and support prostate health. It is mainly used in nutritional supplements and as a sweetener in products that have undergone non-enzymatic browning such as bread products, meats, malted barley, roasted coffee, and maple syrup.
Possible Side Effects of L-Alanine
Although L-Alanine generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may:
- paraesthesia, or tingling sensations.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. L-Alanine is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to L-Alanine populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake L-Alanine.
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