What is valine?

Valine is an essential amino acid [1]. It is one of the three branched-chain amino acid (BCAA). In foods, valine is incorporated into proteins.

Valine abbreviation (symbol): Val

Valine Functions in the Human Body

Valine is:

  • A stimulant — it maintains mental vigor, muscle coordination, and emotional calm [1]
  • A glucogenic amino acid — it can be converted into glucose [3]

Valine Rich Foods

  • ANIMAL FOODS: meat, fish, cheese [2]
  • PLANT FOODS: wheat germ, legumes, seeds, peanuts, baker’s yeast, spirulina [2]

Foods low in valine: cereals (except wheat germ), fruits, vegetables [2].

Valine Supplements

Nonprescription (over-the-counter) oral L-valine supplements are available.

Valine Health Benefits and Side Effects

Valine benefits and side effects are described under branched-chain amino acids.

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