Methionine is an essential amino acid found in many meat, fish, and dairy products. Amino acids are the building blocks that our bodies use to make proteins. Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from food and nutritional supplements. There are two types of methionine, L-methionine (the naturally occurring form) and D-methionine. While both forms contain the same chemical makeup, our bodies can only convert the L-methionine into protein, hence L-methionine is more commonly seen in nutritional supplements.
Methionine plays an important role in many cell functions and is required for growth and tissue repair. It is essential for the absorption of Selenium and Zinc. It improves the tone and pliability of skin, hair, and strengthens nails. Methionine also plays a role in many detoxifying processes. It protects cells from pollutants and heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, and is also used to prevent liver damage in Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) poisoning.
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