Please note that this section reports on claims that have NOT yet been substantiated through scientific studies.
Glutamic acid is claimed to play a role in the treatment of personality and childhood behavioral disorders, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and mental retardation.
Glutamic acid has sometimes been used in cases of hypoglycemia, a complication resulting from insulin treatment for diabetes.
Amino acids (AAs) are available as individual AAs or in proprietary AA combinations, as well as part of multi-vitamin formulas, proteins and food supplements. The forms include tablets, fluids and powders. However, adequate protein in the diet should provide a sufficient source of all amino acids.
There are no conditions that increase the requirements for glutamic acid.
Side Effects, Toxicity and Interactions:
The use of a single amino acid supplement may lead to a negative nitrogen balance, decreasing the metabolic efficiency and increasing the workload of the kidneys. In children, taking single amino acid supplements may also harmfully affect growth parameters.
Always avoid taking individual amino acids in high dosage for prolonged periods.
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding also should not use glutamic acid supplements.
Individuals with some forms of maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), a rare inherited disorder, should not use glutamic acid supplements.
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