An essential amino acid that is key to the proper nitrogen balance of the body.
Promotes mental vigor, muscle coordination and calm emotions.
When used properly with Leucine and Isoleucine, it aids in improving muscle metabolism and tissue repair; very helpful for after surgery or other stress put on the body such as most forms of exercising or heavy weight training. •
Along with the other branched-chain amino acids (isoleucine and leucine) is an essential protein building block. Promotes muscle recovery after physical exercise. Valine plays a role in wound healing and the growth of new tissue. Supplementation can aid in muscle repair in individuals who have been seriously injured. It has been found that after injury, an individual mobilizes the branched-chain amino acids from his or her muscles to synthesize glucose in the liver. Supplementation with valine and the other two branched-chain amino acids may be very helpful in preventing muscle breakdown after trauma
An aliphatic amino acid that is closely related to leucine and isoleucine both in structure and function. These amino acids are extremely hydrophobic and are almost always found in the interior of proteins. They are also seldom useful in routine biochemical reactions, but are relegated to the duty of determining the three-dimensional structure of proteins due to their hydrophobic nature.
They are also essential amino acids and must be obtained in the diet. Important sources of valine include soy flour, cottage cheese, fish, meats, and vegetables. Valine is incorporated into proteins and enzymes at the molar rate of 6.9 percent when compared to the other amino acids.
Sources: Protein-rich foods, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Some plant foods, such as grains, legumes and nuts
Synergist: Essential Branched-chain amino acids include leucine, isoleucine and valine.
Signs or Symptoms of a Deficiency: Muscle wasting, twitching and tremors, Hepatic encephalopathy, Alcohol related brain damage
Excess maybe seen in: Ketotic Hypoglycemia
Visual and tactile hallucinations
Caution: Should not be applied to kids suffering from the maple syrup urine disease.
Supplemental L-valine should always be taken in balance with other branched-chain amino acids, L-isolecine and L-lecine.
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