Is extra Histidine required in vegetarian diets?

The supply of essential amino acids such as histidine from plant proteins are largely similar to those found in meat proteins, with minor variations observed between sources.
This comparison is based on evaluations of the amino acid compositions in extracted meat proteins.

  • But these do not normally take into account the fact that the meat is literally bathed in a compound called “carnosine”. Carnosine is made by the body to enable proper functioning of the muscles and brain, where one of its roles is to act as an anti-oxidant.

Carnosine is made up of the amino acids histidine and beta-alanine, and when you ingest carnosine, it is broken down by digestion to release an important source of the histidine.

Histidine is an essential amino acid and a good supply is required to maintain good health. In particular, an adequate supply of histidine can help to prevent anaemia by facilitating the formation of haemoglobin.

There is no equivalent source of extra histidine in plant resources.

Histidine can therefore become an important nutrient to take as a supplement when meat intake is limited or non-existent.

OptimAAte® and ElectrAAte® contain histidine as this important nutrient can be lost in high quantities during daily exertion, especially in hot conditions. The losses of histidine are exacerbated during intensive exercise and prolonged time working in hot conditions.

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