Glutamic Acid Deficiency

Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid, so the body can make enough of its own, but if a deficiency occurs, the following are the only people who may experience it:

  • People on low protein diets
    People who are on low protein diets may become deficient not just in glutamic acid but all of the amino acids (and especially the essential amino acids) if their protein intake is not sufficient.
  • Strict vegans and vegetarians
    Some really strict vegans and vegetarians may become deficient not just in glutamic acid but all of the amino acids (and especially the essential amino acids) if they are not combining their foods correctly to get the correct balance of protein and amino acids.
Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid, so the body can make enough of its own, but a deficiency can occur

Glutamic Acid Deficiency Symptoms

Symptoms of glutamic acid deficiency include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Ulceration of the mucous membranes (esp gastrointestinal)

People with any of these symptoms should seek advice from their medical practitioner to determine if glutamic acid supplementation is required.

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