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Histidine: essential amino acid

What is histidine and what are its functions? Also discover its health benefits and information on foods richest in histidine.

The amino acids are organic compounds that our body is capable of making new proteins. Depending on whether our body can synthesize them or not, they are called essential  amino acids and non-essential amino acids.

Thus, in this way, the essential amino acids are those that our body is not capable of synthesizing on its own, so that for this to be possible it is necessary to obtain them from the diet that we follow daily. The opposite occurs with non-essential amino acids, which our body can synthesize.

The histidine is an essential amino acid; therefore, the only way to obtain it and thus contribute it to our body is through food, taking foods rich in proteins that contain it.

What is histidine?

As we briefly indicated in the previous lines, histidine is considered an essential amino acid, which means that it is necessary to choose foods rich in histidine (generally all those foods rich in proteins ) to be able to contribute them to our body.

Specifically, it consists of an amino acid that we find abundantly in hemoglobin, and it is very important in the maintenance of the myelin sheaths (which protect the different nerve cells).

Histidine functions

  • We find it abundantly in hemoglobin.
  • Needed for the production of both red and white blood cells in the blood.
  • Essential for tissue growth and repair.
  • Essential for the maintenance of myelin sheaths.

Health benefits of histidine

As we already discovered in the section dedicated to the different functions of histidine, the truth is that although it is a less well-known essential amino acid, it is essential in the production of red and white blood cells (hence, we find it abundantly in the hemoglobin), in addition to being essential for the maintenance of myelin sheaths.

It helps reduce blood pressure, is useful in removing heavy metals and also protects the body from radiation damage.

From a medical point of view, it is often used in the treatment of ulcers, anemia, allergies, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Where to find histidine?

Here are the foods richest in histidine:

  • Foods of animal origin: milk and dairy products, eggs, meat and fish.
  • Plant-based foods: cereals, greens and vegetables, seeds and nuts.

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