Alanine, also known as L-alanine or β-alanine, is one of 11 "non-essential" amino acids that your body can synthesize on its own.
Important functions of alanine:
1. Plays a role in converting sugar (glucose) into energy.
2. Decompose tryptophan and vitamin B6.
3. Provide energy for the brain and central nervous system.
4. Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels.
The benefits of alanine to the human body:
1. Helps the body use glucose
Alanine is sometimes used to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes because it plays a role in helping the body use glucose and preventing low blood sugar.
2. Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
There is some evidence that this amino acid has natural cholesterol-lowering effects, especially when combined with other amino acids like arginine and glycine.
3. Helps to enhance physical fitness and build muscle
Alanine is an important source of energy for the muscles and central nervous system. The liver can convert L-alanine to glucose as needed for muscle fuel, including during exercise.