Other names :
Essential - Proteogenic - Ketogenic - Non-Polar, Hydrophobic - Aliphatic
As one of the 3 branched-chain amino acids (the other 2 being Isoleucine and Valine), Leucine has all of the properties discussed with Isoleucine, as it pertains specifically to the branched-chain amino acid functions.
Potent stimulator of insulin.
Helps with bone healing.
Helps promote skin healing.
Modulates release of Enkephalins, which are natural pain-reducers.
Leucine Deficiency Seen In:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Note: Deficiencies in BCAA in CFS, GWS, FM are associated with muscle weakness, fatigue, and post-exertional exhaustion).
Vitamin B-12 deficiency in pernicious anemia.
Leucine Excess Seen In: