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L-methionine aids the liver and assists the body in synthesizing proteins and supports DNA methylation. It supports the muscles, promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails, and fortifies the liver and kidneys. L-Methionine also supports the metabolic process.
Wood, J. M., Decker, H., Hartmann, H., Chavan, B., Rokos, H., Spencer, J. D., Hasse, S., Thornton, M. J., Shalbaf, M., Paus, R., Schallreuter, K. U. (2009) Senile hair graying: H2O2-mediated oxidative stress affects human hair color by blunting methionine sulfoxide repair. The FASEB Journal 10.1096/fj.08-125435.
In animals, lowering the methionine content of the diet may slow the rate of aging and increase lifespan. Some studies have shown benefits of lowering methionine in human cells, but research is needed in living humans.
Animal proteins often have greater methionine content than plant proteins. Those following a plant-based diet have a lower dietary intake of sulfur-containing amino acids, although they can have either higher or lower levels of methionine in the blood.
Individuals following many types of diets will often exceed the recommended minimum intake of methionine. Side effects in response to large doses are often minor but could become dangerous at extremely high doses.
Methionine is found in a variety of protein-containing foods and is often higher in animal proteins than plant proteins. Although low-methionine diets have been shown to extend lifespan in animals, whether this has importance for humans is not yet clear.
You should not take more of this medicine, or take it more often, than your doctor ordered. You should also make sure that you get enough protein in your diet. This is especially important in infants. Infants who get too much racemethionine and not enough protein may not gain weight as they should. If you have any questions about this, ask your health care professional.
One unanswered question about SAMe is how it gets into the brain when used clinically. There is no known mechanism to transport SAMe into the brain. The brain synthesizes SAMe from methionine, which is transported into the brain by the active transport system that is active toward all large neutral amino acids.13,14 Administration of methionine increases rat brain SAMe,15 presumably because methionine adenosyltransferase, the enzyme that produces SAMe from methionine, is not normally fully saturated with methionine. The purpose of the present study was to compare the ability of SAMe and methionine, when given orally to rats, to increase the brain level of SAMe.
Fig. 1: The effect of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) (upper panel) and methionine (lower panel) on the time course of tail-flick latency. Rats were given SAMe (200 mg/kg) or methionine (50 mg/kg) orally. Values are given as mean of 8 (and standard error of the mean [SE]). As tail-flick latency tended to vary throughout the day, values are expressed as a percentage of control values at each time.
Methionine administration caused a modest decrease in liver SAMe and SAH levels and did not alter blood SAMe. However, methionine, compared with SAMe, tended to cause larger changes in the CNS at lower doses. Whereas the rest of the brain showed no significant increase, SAMe levels increased by a maximum of 42% in the brain stem, 40% in the cerebellum and 61% in the spinal cord. For all 3 of these brain parts, the increase was greater with the 50-mg/kg dose of methionine than at 100 mg/kg. For the brain stem, the value had returned to the same level as in controls at 100 mg/kg. Methionine caused significant increases in SAH levels in the cerebellum and spinal cord. In the spinal cord, the greatest increase was at 25 mg/kg, with no change from control values at 100 mg/kg. ANOVA revealed significant effects for SAH in the cerebellum (F3,28 = 5.5, p = 0.004), spinal cord and liver, and for SAMe in the brain stem (F3,28 = 46, p < 0.001), cerebellum (F3,28 = 5.5, p = 0.004), rest of brain (F3,28 = 5.3, p = 0