Methionine, Sulfur Amino Acid Antioxidant; Also for Cartilage Health

Dairy - contains Methionine

Nutrient Family:     

  • Amino Acid

It is classified as essential amino acid as the body cannot produce Methionine. It is also one of 2 sulfur containing amino acid.


Methionine's Workings

Fat or Water Soluble Antioxidant: 

  • Fat Soluble

While it itself is an antioxidant, it forms part of antioxidant compound, namely, Alpha Lipoic Acid, which is made up of 3 antioxidants:


Other functions, besides being an antioxidant:

  • Required for cartilage formation – from its sulfur content
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Natural pain reliever
  • Helps liver to process fats in the body

Where Is Methionine Found Naturally?

Whole Grains
Meat - Methionine rich

Found in the following foods:

  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Whole grains

Health Benefits of Methionine

Examples of health benefits of Methionine:

  • Liver health

                o  Preventing liver damage from acetaminophen poisoning (acetaminophen is found in some painkillers and flu medication).

                o  Prevent breakdown of the drugs that can cause liver poisoning

                o  Treat other liver disorder

  • Improve wound healing
  • Depression

               o  Help controls moods

  • Alcoholism
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Other types of poisoning\toxins exposure

               o  Copper poisoning

               o  Radiation side effects

  • Schizophrenia
  • Drug withdrawals
  • Parkinson disease
  • Strengthen nails
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Regulate estrogen levels in those suffering from estrogen dominance (excessive levels of estrogens compared to progesterone)

                o  by making liver more efficient, liver can then reduce the estrogen overload

                o  also converts bad estrogen to good estrogen


In Europe, it is used to treat:

  • Depression
  • Inflammation
  • Liver diseases
  • Certain forms of muscle pains

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