ALPHA-ALANINE Overview Information
Alpha-alanine is a non-essential amino acid. Non-essential amino acids can be made by the body, so they don’t have to be provided by food. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.
You may see the terms “L-alpha-alanine” and “D-alpha-alanine.“ The “L” refers to the “left-handed” chemical form of the alpha-alanine molecule. The “D” refers to the “right-handed” chemical form of the molecule. The L and D forms are mirror-images of each other.
Alpha-alanine is used for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), diarrhea-related dehydration, liver disease, enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH), fatigue, stress, and certain inherited disorders including glycogen storage disease and urea cycle disorders.
How does it work?
Alpha-alanine is an amino acid. It can affect blood sugar levels.
Possibly Effective for:
- Diarrhea-related dehydration. Studies to date have produced mixed results about the effectiveness of L-alpha-alanine in treating dehydration due to diarrhea.
- An inherited disorder called glycogen storage disease. There is some evidence that L-alpha-alanine can improve some, but not all, symptoms of the disease.
- Schizophrenia. Early research suggests D-alpha-alanine might help regular drugs work better for improving symptoms in people with schizophrenia.
- Liver disease.
- Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH).
- Urea cycle disorders.
- Other conditions.
ALPHA-ALANINE Side Effects & Safety
Alpha-alanine seems to be safe when used appropriately for a short time. Side effects have not been reported in studies of alpha-alanine.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of alpha-alanine during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: L-alpha-alanine can increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This can be helpful if blood sugar levels are too low, but it can be harmful if blood sugar levels are normal or too high. Monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use alpha-alanine.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For treating low blood sugar in people with type 1 diabetes due to too much insulin: 20-40 grams of L-alpha-alanine.
- For preventing low blood sugar at night in people with type 1 diabetes: 40 grams of L-alpha-alanine at bedtime along with 10 grams of glucose (sugar).