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Cysteine – Anti-Aging Amino Acid?

Cysteine often called an anti-aging amino acid.  It appears to have many qualities that prevent or reverse aging. In fact, it has been said that aging may actually be a deficiency in cysteine.  

Cysteine is an anti-aging supporting anti-oxidant that protects cells by scavenging free radicals and chelating with heavy metals in order to keep the body clean of these ‘criminal’ elements that cause aging.

In fact, if you are into scientifically specific material, I highly suggest that you read Wulf Dröge’s article “Oxidative stress and aging: is aging a cysteine deficiency syndrome on the Royal Society Publishing website.

Cysteine – an anti-aging machine?

Cysteine, and its N-Acetyl Cysteine form, is also a precursor that provides another important anti-oxidant: glutathione. Glutathione is seen to be depleted in people who have many of the diseases frequently associated with old age. Cysteine provides a boost in glutathione levels even where it has been seen to be low in people with ailments such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.  Cysteine is one of the anti-aging supporting building blocks required along with glutamine and glycine to make glutathione.   In fact, article the Washington Times called glutathione an anti-aging machine!

Cysteine and N-Acetyl-Cysteine are powerful detoxifiers – leading to a potential anti-aging effect

In a young, healthy system, cysteine is recirculated and works to remove toxins every day, bringing natural anti-aging health benefits on a daily basis.  It is when the system gets overloaded with heavy metals, poisons, radiation and free radicals of every kind that cysteine levels are seen to fall and gradually the body loses the ability to restock its storehouse of cysteine in order to prevent these toxins from causing aging.  Cysteine deficiency is a symptom of aging that can be rectified and the effects of aging and disease stopped through proper diet and the use of supplements.

N-Acetyl Cysteine form of cysteine is often used in emergency rooms to detoxify the liver if a patient has overdosed on Tylenol (acetaminophen) and is experiencing a liver failure. Obviously, there are numerous anti-aging effects of cysteine and its other forms.

Cysteine is absorbed through diet as well as the body’s anti-aging functions being able to make much of its own cysteine.  It is found in foods like poultry, eggs yolks, red peppers, garlic, onions and brussel sprouts. These are all known to be natural anti-aging type foods—and they all have cysteine! It is also easy to take through supplements.  If you are interested in anti-aging, maybe you should look into cysteine supplements to see if they might work for you!

The author of this story, Michelle Carraway, is a freelance contributor to National Nutraceuticals’ online news portals, which include Medicinal Mushroom Information Center, Amino Acid Information Center, Vancouver Health News and Today’s Word of Wisdom.  The opinions are the writer’s own and the owner and publisher of the site assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the content. Our articles are for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only. Please do your own due diligence, verify any health claims by doing additional research and consult your doctor before starting any supplementation program or making any lifestyle changes, including changes to your medication and supplementation.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC436956/

http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/360/1464/2355.long

Carnitine vs Carnosine? What are They and What Do They Do?

Carnitine is an essential amino acid, while carnosine is a non-essential amino acid. The term “essential” simply means that it is required through diet (by eating foods that have or produce carnitine) to obtain the amino acid, whereas non-essential means that your body can make the amino acid carnosine on its own.

Carnitine vs carnosine

Carnitine vs carnosine: both are both two of the twenty-two amino acids known to exist, and can indeed be gotten through eating animal protein foods such as beef, chicken, pork, fish, and eggs. However, carnosine is also made by the body without supplementation, but carnitine is only made available to the body through diet or taking supplements.

Be careful of taking supplements of either carnitine vs carnosine, separately or together, because they can have side effects, especially when taken with certain medications, so be sure to ask your doctor/physician before taking them. Normal amounts gotten through food should not typically apply.

According to LiveStrong.com “Carnitine is synthesized from lysine and methionine, while carnosine is made from alanine and histidine.”

Carnitine vs carnosine: How they work in the body

Carnitine transports fatty acids in the body to burn fat. Carnitine also transports toxic wastes out of the mitochondria in cells. Concentrations of carnitine reside in the skeletal and cardiac (heart) muscle. Carnitine may also help reduce the symptoms of an overactive thyroid, as well as lower pain related to diabetic neuropathy.

Carnosine, a different amino acid altogether, is an antioxidant that functions in the skeletal muscle, brain, nervous system. Scientists are still not sure how carnosine works exactly, but evidently it can chelate (known as chelation), which is the removal of excess amounts of copper and zinc from the human body. LiveStrong reports that carnosine also improves wound healing and helps cataracts.

Both carnitine vs carnosine (or vice versa) have anti-aging effects and slow memory loss associated with age-related Alzheimer’s disease. An alternative treatment for autism is also a function of these two aminos.

Carnitine studies show it improves symptoms related to autism with a grade “B” while carnosine got a grade “C” for improvements in behavior and communication related to autism, according to Michael Chez, M.D. et al. (Nov 2002 Journal of Child Neurology) and Dan Rossignol, M.D., (Oct 2009 Clinical Psychiatry).

Carnitine vs carnosine for cardiovascular health

Both of these amino acids can improve cardiovascular functioning by providing health benefits to the heart, but in completely different ways. Carnitine reduces symptoms of peripheral vascular disease and angina in the heart, while carnosine lowers cholesterol and also reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.

Overall, it is recommended by many physicians that D-carnitine should be avoided since it interferes with the more natural form of L-carnitine in the body. Please check with your doctor before taking carnitine or carnosine supplements.

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Reference:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/493759-carnosine-vs-carnitine/