Leucine Is a Key Nutrient for Regulating Body Composition

Leucine is an amino acid that serves as a building block for protein— according to a literature review by researchers from the Ministry of Agriculture in China. More importantly, it is an important regulator of protein and fat metabolism. It activates the mTOR pathway, which is vital for muscle protein synthesis. It also promotes the growth of mitochondria, which are cellular energy centers vital to cell health and longevity. Leucine is particularly vital as a nutrient in aging adults, lactating women and people on calorie-restricted diets. Leucine should be taken to increase muscle mass and cut fat. (Frontiers in Bioscience, Landmark, 20: 796-813, 2015)

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