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The nutritional requirement per day, in milligrams of lysine per kilogram
of body weight, is: infants (3–4 months) 103, children (2 years) 64, older
children (10–12 years) 60 to 44, adults 12. For a 70 kg adult, 12
milligrams of lysine per kilogram of body weight is 0.84 grams of lysine.
Lysine is the limiting amino acid (the essential amino acid found in the
smallest quantity in the particular foodstuff) in most cereal grains, but
is plentiful in most pulses (legumes). Consequently, meals that combine
cereal grains and legumes, such as the Indian dal with rice, Middle Eastern
hummus, ful medames, falafel with pita bread, the Mexican beans with rice
or tortilla have arisen to provide complete protein in diets that are, by
choice or by necessity, vegetarian. A food is considered to have sufficient
lysine if it has at least 51 mg of lysine per gram of protein (so that the
protein is 5.1% lysine). Good sources of lysine are foods rich in protein
such as soy, as well as meat (specifically red meat, lamb, pork, and
poultry), cheese (particularly Parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and
sardines), and eggs.
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receptors in the intestinal tract. One study on rats showed that
overstimulation of the 5-HT4 receptors in the gut are associated with
anxiety-induced intestinal pathology. Lysine, acting as a serotonin
antagonist and therefore reducing the overactivity of these receptors,
reduced signs of anxiety and anxiety-induced diarrhea in the sample
population. Another study showed that lysine deficiency leads to a
pathological increase in serotonin in the amygdala, a brain structure that
is involved in emotional regulation and the stress response.
Human studies have also shown negative correlations between reduced lysine
intake and anxiety. A population-based study in Syria included 93 families
whose diet is primarily grain-based and therefore likely to be deficient in
lysine. Fortification of grains with lysine was shown to reduce markers of
anxiety, including cortisol levels, and also led to potentiation of
benzodiazepine receptors (common targets of anxiolytic drugs such
as Xanax and Ativan).
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