Methionine cannot be made by the body, so it must be consumed in the diet. It plays an important role in the many functions within the body. It may also act as an antioxidant and help to protect damaged tissues.
People use methionine for preventing birth defects. It is also used for liver disorders, viral infections, breast cancer, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Birth defects of the brain and spine (neural tube birth defects). Eating more methionine during pregnancy seems to lower the risk of these birth defects.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Methionine is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if methionine is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Children: Methionine is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if methionine is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine without the care of a healthcare provider.
Acidosis: Methionine can cause changes in acidity of the blood and should not be used in people with a condition called acidosis.
"Hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis): People who have atherosclerosis should not take methionine. Methionine might make atherosclerosis worse.
Liver disease, including cirrhosis: People who have liver disease should not take methionine. Methionine might make liver disease worse.
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency: People who have this disorder should not take methionine. Methionine might make this disorder worse.
Schizophrenia: Large doses of methionine might cause confusion, agitation, and other similar symptoms in people with schizophrenia.
We currently have no information for METHIONINE overview.
As medicine, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of methionine might be. Speak with a healthcare provider before using.
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