Foods Containing Ornithine

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Ornithine is a nonessential amino acid contained in food, particularly protein-rich foods. Find out what foods contain ornithine in this free video by a licensed dietitian.

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson a registered and licensed dietitian. I'm here to tell you some of the foods that ornithine is found in. Ornithine is actually a nonessential amino acid. A nonessential meaning that our body actually naturally makes this. And it can be a precursor and sometimes we need it to make other things like glutamine and arginine. Which again are also amino acids our body needs for metabolism and function. Now keep in mind because this is actually a protein derivative it's typically found in protein sources. This is going to be your meat product, your fish, your eggs. All of these will contain that amino acid. Now also keep in mind you might be looking at increasing your ornithine for certain reasons. Typically in the clinical setting or in the hospital this is used for burn or trauma patients because it does promote healing. Just like a lot of other proteins as well. Now the increase in athletic performance really has not been proven so if you are looking for a particular supplement you really may not need it. And maybe just increase your good sources of bio available protein. And these are all your animal sources, like the eggs, the meat, and the fish. Now again very easily found in our regular daily diet and really you probably don't need to supplement in an extra way. I'm Charlotte and eat happy.


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