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Histidine: Information

Histidine is an amino acid found in all forms of life, and is an essential only for children. For adults, histidine is "conditionally essential" meaning that the body is able to produce sufficient amounts except in times of serious trauma. Histidine is a precursor of histamine which is involved in a wide range of biological functions such as inflammation, allergic responses and orgasm.

Histidine's Health Benefits

Histidine is used is some supplements desgined to raise carnosine levels. Animal studies of histidine showed that histidine supplements reduce food intake and fat accumulation.1

Histidine's Usage Indications

Use as directed. Histidine is available in capsule, tablet or powder form.

Side-effects and Cautions:

Mild gastrointestinal discomfort may occur in some individuals. Pregnant/nursing women, children, individuals with allergies, and individuals with peptic ulcers should only take histidine under advice of a physician.

1. Nutrition. 2004 Nov-Dec;20(11-12):991-6.