Valine is one of the three branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) along with isoleucine and leucine. Valine promotes regular human growth, regulates blood sugar levels, provides energy and repairs muscle tissue. Amongst these roles, Valine also stimulates the central nervous system and is necessary for humans to function mentally.
As well as these key functions, the amino acid Valine removes toxic excess nitrogen from the liver and also has the ability to deliver nitrogen to other tissues in the body when necessary. Valine is essential in training as it supplies the muscles with extra glucose for energy during physical activity. Valine can be supplemented alone but it is considered inefficient and unnecessary when you can supplement BCAA’s together or achieve a sufficient amount from a quality whey protein powder with a high amino acid profile.
Valine is not manufactured in the body and is obtained through dietary sources. Sources of Valine include quality natural whey protein, dairy and meat products, nuts and mushrooms. There has been recorded medical cases of valine deficiency which is usually a result of poor nutrition and excess of processed food.
Valine Use In Medical Treatment Valine is used in the treatment of damaged organs from a result of alcohol and substance abuse. It is also useful in treating gallbladder, liver disease and alcohol related brain damage.