Aspartic acid

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Definition

Aspartic acid is a nonessential amino acids. Amino acids are building blocks of proteins. "Nonessential" means that our bodies produce it even if we do not get this amino acid from the food we eat.

Aspartic acid is also called asparaginic acid.

Aspartic acid helps every cell in the body work. It plays a role in:

  • Hormone production and release
  • Normal nervous system function

Plant sources of aspartic acid include:

  • Legumes such as soybeans, garbanzo beans, and lentils
  • Peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and flaxseeds

Animal sources include:

  • Beef
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp

Alternative Names

Asparaginic acid

References

Mason JB. Nutritional assessment and management of the malnourished patient. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Sleisenger MH, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2010:chap 4.

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