Some interesting facts about aspartic acid:
- Aspartic acid is a non-essential amino acid
Aspartic 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.
- Aspartic acid functions as a building block of protein in the body
Aspartic 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.
Aspartic acid was originally found in sugar cane and molasses, from which it was first isolated and studied
- Aspartic acid is important in energy production
Aspartic acid is pivotal in ensuring that glucose is metabolised correctly and used efficiently for energy in the body.
- Aspartic acid is found in high levels in plant proteins
The amino acid glutamic acid is involved in the production of aspartic acid in the body.
- Aspartic acid helps to biosynthesise a number of amino acids
Aspartic acid plays a big role in ensuring that certain amino acids (arginine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine and threonine) are biosynthesised and function correctly in the body.
- Aspartic acid is found in sugar cane and molasses
Aspartic acid was originally found in sugar cane and molasses, from which it was first isolated and studied.