Did You Know… that a naturally generated amino acid known as aspartic acid can completely relieve fatigue within 7 days?
During the 1950s and 1960s, European researchers discovered a simple and inexpensive way to treat physical and mental fatigue — including the kind caused by chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).They found that aspartic acid supplements could seriously boost stamina and alertness and benefit health in many ways.
What is Aspartic Acid?
Aspartic acid (also called L-aspartate) is a nonessential amino acid, which means that your body produces it naturally. It’s also an excitory amino acid transmitter, which means it stimulates the synapses in the central nervous system and spreads messages and instructions through your brain.
It also plays an important role in the conversion of carbohydrates into energy. Proper levels of aspartic acid are necessary for the synthesis of other biochemicals and amino acids.
Aspartic acid is key to a healthy metabolism. It’s also key to the way your body energizes itself. One of the primary tasks of aspartic acid is to generate cellular energy.
The mechanism by which it generates cellular energy is technical and complex, but here’s a simplified summary:
- NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is an active coenzyme form of vitamin B3.
- Aspartic acid moves NADH from the main body of the cell to its mitochondria.
- As a result, aspartic acid manufactures adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
- ATP is the basic product used by your body to fuel all cellular activity.
- Aspartic acid essentially controls how much ATP your body produces.
The upshot? Aspartic acid is crucial for achieving and maintaining the healthy, high energy of youth.
Curing Chronic Fatigue
It’s no wonder that scientists believe aspartic acid can cure CFS. In fact, CFS may result from a deficiency of aspartic acid, which lowers cellular energy — and subsequently decreases your stamina.
Aspartic acid is responsible for the production of cellular fuel. The more of it your body has, the more energy you have throughout your day.
A study published in The Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences in September of 2006 documented that additional energy was created when rats were dosed with aspartic acid. For the study, 2 groups of rats swam until metabolic exhaustion set in. Researchers noted that the exhaustion point for the group given aspartic acid arrived after a significantly longer swim time.
The results of the study indicate that aspartic acid will typically increase physical endurance. Recent studies conducted with human athletes support these conclusions.
The athletes who took mineral salt preparations of aspartic acid experienced greater aerobic competency. It also appeared that the mineral salts increased endurance and stamina levels overall.
Other studies showed that 75% to 94% of patients suffering fatigue due to a multitude of different causes experienced notable improvement when treated with aspartic acid.
In fact, in one study of 80 patients who had struggled with post-surgical fatigue for more than one year, one gram of potassium-magnesium aspartate twice daily brought more than 90% complete relief from all symptoms within 2 weeks.
How Aspartic Acid Works
Aside from escalating cellular energy, aspartic acid makes other essential contributions to your body’s fight against fatigue. One of these is the elimination of waste and toxins from your cells.
Aspartic acid plays a vital role in the elimination of waste created from dietary protein. Build up of that waste can cause . . .
- Chronic headache
- Intolerance of high-protein food
- Lack of concentration
Aspartic acid absorbs and removes those toxins, which prevents the buildup of harmful chemicals like ammonia — a condition that can be extremely damaging to your body and especially to your nervous system, liver, and brain.
Another benefit brought to your body by aspartic acid — and the higher levels of NADH and cellular energy — is better brain function. NADH literally amps up the cells in your brain. You feel sharper and more focused due to the increased production of neurotransmitters and other chemicals necessary for healthy mental functioning.
Identifying and Correcting an Aspartic Acid Deficiency
Your body is capable of producing its own supply of aspartic acid. However, extreme fatigue or depression can be indicators of a lack of naturally generated aspartic acid. This is commonly caused by:
- Diets low in protein
- Eating disorders
- General malnutrition
- Overall deficit of amino acids
Eating a well-balanced diet, which allows your body to produce optimal levels of aspartic acid, can correct a deficiency.
If diet alone doesn’t restore balance, consider adding a protein supplement, such as amino acid tablets, whey protein powder drinks or protein bars to your dietary regimen. Make sure the product you choose contains the aspartate form — that’s the one that’s been tested — not another form like chloride, gluconate or oxide.
There are also a multitude of dietary sources of aspartic acid, including:
- Lean beef or veal
- Part-skim ricotta
- Skim milk
- Sprouting seeds
- Sugar Cane
So if you’re struggling through a haze of constant tiredness and you just can’t get back to the energetic self you remember, it might be time to consider whether your aspartic acid levels need a boost. The health consequences of inadequate aspartic acid are serious and unpleasant — but fortunately they are also very easy to remedy.