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Leucine as a pharmaconutrient in health and disease.

Authors
  • van Loon, Luc J C1
  • 1 Department of Human Movement Sciences, NUTRIM School for Nutrition, Toxicology and Metabolism, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands. [email protected] , (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
15
Issue
1
Pages
71–77
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e32834d617a
PMID: 22037013
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Leucine has been proposed as a promising pharmaconutrient in the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia and/or type 2 diabetes. Though there are numerous applications for the proposed benefits of leucine in health and disease, the recent long-term nutritional intervention studies do not confirm the clinical efficacy of leucine as a pharmaconutrient.

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