Amino acid of the essential group, hydrophobic and glycogen, have in their composition the unstable methyl radical and sulfur that are important in the formation of cysteine, choline, creatine and phospholipids.
Responsible for about 2% of the amino acids present in the protein assists in the translation of the messenger RNA that occurs inside the ribosome in the production of the protein, the presence of sulfur is necessary for the production of glutathione, one of the main antioxidants of the human body.
The importance of being a sulfurous amino acid in conjunction with cysteine, zinc and vitamin B complex, assists in healthy skin structure, nails and hair.
Other functions of methionine:
- Gain muscle mass by increasing creatine.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Reduces inflammatory processes.
- Prevents recurrent urinary tract infections.
- Help with detoxification.
- Relieves symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis.
- Along with L-Cystine is the main source of organic sulfur.
- Protein diet provides needed amounts of methionine.
- The body needs on average 2 to 3 grams / day.
- It is easily found in animal proteins.
- Ingredient of parenteral and enteral amino acid solutions and various nutritional supplements.
- Drugs for liver diseases (mainly as an alternative to acetylcysteine, to avoid liver damage in cases of acetaminophen poisoning) and alcoholism.
- Decreases urinary pH.
- It can slow the development of cataracts.
- Methionine deficiency affects serum cholesterol levels.
- Increases susceptibility to lipid peroxidation or degeneration.
Foods rich in methionine in 100g portion
Egg Clear 1662mg
Red Meat — 981mg
Cheese dish- 820mg
Chestnut — 1124mg
Quibe cru- 230mg
It is important to know that Hypermethioninemia is an acquired genetic disease.
Excess methionine can cause side effects such as tumor growth, heart disease, atherosclerosis and folic acid deficiency, vitamin B9 and vitamin B12.
Excessively high levels can cause death.