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Histidine – Essential Amino Acid for tissue Growth and Repair

Histidine is regarded as an essential amino acid during the period of growth. However, as healthy adults are capable of synthesizing it according to their requirements, it is termed a non-essential amino acid in adult life. This amino acid may also be required in the diet during old age and in those suffering from de-generative diseases. Histidine is metabolized into histamine, an important physiological substance which is normally freely present in the intestine.

– Histidine is essential for growth and repair of human tissues.
– Histidine is necessary for the conversion of glucose into glycogen in the liver.
– Histidine converted into histamine stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

Histidine is found in :
– Fruits such as bananas and grapes.
– Meat and poultry.
– Milk and milk products.
– Root vegetables and all green vegetables but in lesser quantities.

A deficiency of histidine can cause :
– Pain in the bony joints.
– Low urine concentration of histidine has been reported to accompany rheumatoid arthritis.

Taken orally, histidine is likely to depress the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Histidine helps to dilate the blood vessels and has therefore, been found beneficial in the treatment of cardio-circulatory disorders. The release of histidine from body stores is considered a prerequisite for sexual arousal. Hence, histidine supplementation may prove helpful in this regard.
Histidine has also been found to be beneficial in allergic conditions, in the treatment of anemia , and disorders of the auditory nerve.

Taken orally, histidine has a tendency to stimulate hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach. Thus, persons who already suffer from over-abundance of acid in the stomach and those who have ulcers should avoid taking pure histidine.

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