Spermidine - the amino you may not have heard about

Spermidine - the amino you may not have heard about

Spermidine is a polyamine, which means it has more than one amino. An amino acid is a type of protein that your body uses to run various processes. If you have not heard of spermidine, you should pay attention.

Spermidine stimulates autophagy. Autophagy is the natural process by which your body removes its own dead toxic cells. Autopagy is an ongoing process but is also accelerated when you fast over sixteen hours, for example.

Autophagy is crucial for you to live a long life. If your cells did not die naturally on a periodic basis, you could not get new ones without creating an imbalance. Therefore, autophagy, or programmed cell death, literally keeps the living organism alive.

Spermidine helps maintain the acidity and alkalinity of your cells. It regulates the membrane of the cell, allowing beneficial nutrients to enter and preventing harmful ones from doing so.

Spermidine can help prevent liver fibrosis and cancer of the liver. Liver fibrosis is the excess accumulation of tissue around the liver.

Excess tissue can result in cirrhosis and liver failure. If you were to develop such a condition, in all likelihood, you would need liver transplantation.

Cancer of the liver is an extremely dangerous form of the disease. All cancers are harmful. In the case of your liver, it can prove to be fatal.

Your liver is the primary filter that breaks food down into glucose, serves as a filter for toxins, and regulates and ensures a regular supply of blood sugar. If this process goes wrong, your entire metabolism is affected.

Some of the best ways to get spermidine include grapefruit, soy products, legumes, corn, whole grain, chickpeas, peas, green peppers, broccoli, oranges, green tea, rice bran, and fresh green pepper.

It can also be found in shitake mushrooms, amaranth grain, wheat germ, cauliflower, broccoli, a variety of mature cheeses, and durian. 

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