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What are the different forms of phenylalanine?

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Phenylalanine comes in several forms as a supplement:

  • L-phenylalanine is an essential amino acid. It's also found in protein in the foods we eat.
  • D-phenylalanine
  • DL-phenylalanine, which contains both the D- and L-forms

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Phenylalanine."

AltCareDex, "Phenylalanine."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Vitiligo."

March of Dimes: "PKU (Phenylketonuria)."

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Phenylalanine."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Phenylalanine."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Phenylalanine."

AltCareDex, "Phenylalanine."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Vitiligo."

March of Dimes: "PKU (Phenylketonuria)."

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Phenylalanine."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Phenylalanine."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

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