Some interesting facts about isoleucine:
- Isoleucine is an essential amino acid
Isoleucine is an essential amino acid. This means the body cannot make it at all, or not in sufficient amounts for good health and it needs to be eaten as part of the diet every day.
- Isoleucine functions as a building block of protein in the body
Isoleucine, 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.
Isoleucine is almost identical to leucine, having the same chemical composition, but a different arrangement of atoms, resulting in different properties and different amino acids
- Isoleucine is part of the 3-branched chain amino acids
Isoleucine is part of the three-branched chain amino acid (BCAA), the other two amino acids in this chain are leucine and valine.
- Isoleucine is similar structurally to leucine and valine
Isoleucine is almost identical to leucine, having the same chemical composition, but a different arrangement of atoms, resulting in different properties and a different amino acid. Both isoleucine and leucine are also similar to valine.