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Leucine is an essential branched chain amino acid. [1][2] Leucine is important for protein synthesis and many metabolic functions; it contributes to regulation of blood-sugar levels, growth and repair of muscle and bone tissue and growth hormone production. Leucine also prevents breakdown of muscle proteins after trauma or severe stress and may be beneficial for individuals with phenylketonuria.[3]

References

  1. Donche, Dan (2008). FF Trainer Certification Guide. USA: Fatal Fitness. 
  2. Gastelu, Dan; Hatfield, Frederick C (2006). Specialist in Performance Nutrition: The Complete Guide. Carpenteria, CA: ISSA, 17. 
  3. http://www.peptideguide.com/amino-acids/index.html
Amino Acids
Amino Acids AlanineArginineAsparagineAspartateCysteineGlutamateGlutamineGlycineHistidineIsoleucineLeucineLysineMethioninePhenylalanineProlineSerineThreonineTryptophanTyrosineValine
Essential Amino Acids IsoleucineLeucineLysineMethioninePhenylalanineThreonineTryptophanValine
Nonessential Amino Acids AlanineArginineAsparagineAspartateCysteineGlutamateGlutamineGlycineHistidineProlineSerineTyrosine
BCAAs IsoleucineLeucineValine

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