Methionine is a principle supplier of sulfur which prevents disorders of the hair, skin and nails.
Methionine also assists with the following.
- Helps lower cholesterol levels by increasing the liver's production of lecithin.
- Reduces liver fat and protects the kidneys.
- Acts as a natural chelating agent for heavy metals.
- Regulates the formation of ammonia and creates ammonia-free urine which reduces bladder irritation.
- Influences hair follicles and promotes hair growth.
Methionine assists in the breakdown of fats and thereby prevents the build-up of fat in the arteries, as well as assisting with the digestive system and removing heavy metals from the body since it can be converted to cysteine, which is a precursor to gluthione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying the liver.
The amino acid methionine is also a great antioxidant as the sulfur it supplies inactivates free radicals. It may also be used to treat depression, arthritis pain as well as chronic liver disease - although these claims are still under investigation.
Methionine Rich Foods
- Cod and sirloin.
- Pumpkin seeds.
Toasted Pepitas Recipe
1/2 cup fresh pumpkin seeds
3/4 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the pumpkin seeds, oil and salt on a baking sheet and toss well. Transfer to the oven and bake until just lightly toasted, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information per 2-tablespoon serving: Calories: 101; Calories from Fat: 79; Fat: 8.8g; Saturated Fat: 1.6g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 3mg; Carbohydrates: 3.1g; Dietary Fiber: 0.7g; Protein: 4.2g
The high glutamic and aspartic acid content of these particular foods is also good for improving tissue alkalinity. Methionine is also found in good quantities in meats, fish, beans, eggs, garlic, lentils, onions, yogurt and seeds.
It's best to get your methionine from the foods you eat; however, perhaps you don't care fo the foods rich in this nutrient. If you are considering taking a methionine supplement, it is best to balance it with choline and inositol.
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