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What Is Glutamic Acid?

Glutamic acid is a common neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid.

Non-essential means that can be made by humans in the body when needed.

Industrial synthesis of glutamic acid is produced on the largest scale of any amino acid. Glutamic acid often is used as a food additive and flavor enhancer in the form of its sodium salt, known as monosodium glutamate, MSG.

Glutamic Acid In The Body

Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid. The body synthesize it in the body into glutamic acid that transforms into glutamate.(source đź——)

Glutamate is very important in cellular metabolism. Dietary proteins are broken down by digestion into amino acids, which becomes metabolic fuel for important roles in the body. (source đź——)

Glutamate has flavor-promoting properties that have evolved into a specific taste receptor, leading to the definition of “umami” as our fifth basic taste. (source 🗗)

Glutamic Acid In Food

Glutamic acid has been identified as the key component in a seaweed extract, which is widely used in the Asian cuisine. (source đź——)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out glutamic acid.

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Sara Niemelä

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I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family. Nutrition is my passion. I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies. Nutrition is the foundation you build a healthy and fulfilling life upon!