Some interesting facts about glutamic acid:
- Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid
Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid, which means the body can metabolise (or make) it from the essential amino acids. It is not necessarily required in high levels in the diet.
- Glutamic acid functions as a building block of protein in the body
Glutamic acid, just like all the other amino acids, is one of the building blocks of all proteins in the body, which not only include muscles, but also all the other proteins required for normal function of the body.
- Glutamic acid is created from a number of other amino acids
The body is able to manufacture glutamic acid from a number of other amino acids in the body, including ornithine and arginine.
Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid, which means the body can metabolise (or make) it from the essential amino acids
- Glutamic acid is a part of folic acid
Glutamic acid is a part of the folic acid molecule, so as long as there is adequate folic acid intake, the body should not be deficit in glutamic acid.
- Monosodium glutamate is a form of glutamic acid
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a type of glutamic acid, which is different from pure glutamic acid (or glutamate). MSG has been used as a flavour enhancer in food production for many years, but it has always been surrounded by controversy, with many people reporting a variety of side effects from foods with MSG.
- Glutamic acid can be converted into GABA
Glutamic acid is able to be converted into GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter), by the body, if all the co-factors required for this process are available.