Leucine is essential for growth, stimulates the production of muscle tissue, and protects the liver from the damaging affects of alcohol. Leucine is an essential amino acid, which cannot be manufactured in the body and is part of the three branched-chain-amino-acids.
Leucine is a branched chain amino acid used as a source of energy. It helps reduce muscle protein breakdown. Leucine modulates uptake of neurotransmitter precursors by the brain as well as the release of enkephalins, which inhibit the passage of pain signals into the nervous system. Leucine promotes healing of skin and broken bones.
Molecular Weight - 131.17
Occurence - 9.06 %
Leucine Food Sources
Whole grains and milk and milk products, eggs, pork, beef, chicken, pulses, soya beans, and leafy vegetables are high in leucine.
Leucine Deficiency Symptoms
Excess of leucine in daily diet may be a precipitating factor in developing pellagra.