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Methionine?

Hi all! I'm glutenfree vegan and tracking my nutrition in Cron-o-meter, and amongst a few other deficiencies I've noticed, is a deficiency in the amino acid Methionine. Does anyone else notice this?

It looks like vegan sources where it's available are pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and brazilnuts. I try not to eat to much nuts and seeds because of the omega-6's, but maybe I should still eat more? Or should I just take a Methionine supplement?

Oh exciting!! I've answered my own question!!

Teff, my favorite grain, is super high in it!! According to Nutritiondata.com, it has 428mg of methionine per 100g serving. So my breakfast of 1/4 c. wholegrain teff already supplied 30% of my RDA for the day!! Yay!

Wild rice is also very high, (438mg), and quinoa (309mg), amaranth (226mg) and millet (221mg) are pretty good sources too.

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make sure you don't get too much, it's not good for you. a lot of the studies that have talked about high protein and life expectancy found methionine as the culprit.

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Yes, I'll make sure I don't get too much. I'm just trying to reach the minimum recommended of 800mg per day, I kept coming up quite a bit under that every day. I know it is very important for hormone balance, which is a problematic issue for me (estrogen dominance, BCs):

http://www.drlam.com/articles/Estrogen_Dominance.asp?page=4

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  Methionine is an especially important nutrient beneficial to those suffering from estrogen dominance, where the amount of estrogen in the body is excessively high when compared to its opposing hormone called progesterone. Similarly, those who are on oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement therapy will find methionine to be helpful. Since estrogen is cleared through the liver, an enhanced liver function will reduce the body’s estrogen load. Specifically, methionine converts the stronger and carcinogenic “bad” estradiol (E2) into estriol (E3) that is the “good” estrogen.

http://www.anyvitamins.com/methionine-info.htm

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Women on birth control pills could also look at this nutrient, since it promotes the excretion of estrogen. People suffering from schizophrenia could investigate taking extra methionine since it reduces the level of histidine in the body, a level normally higher in people suffering from schizophrenia.

I also have history of schizophrenia in my family too.

http://www.vitamins-supplements.org/amino-acids/methionine.php

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Amino acid requirements vary according to body weight. L-methionine supplements should only be taken with a physician's recommendation. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO), recommended daily L-methionine intake is 13 mg per kg or about one gram daily for adults.

Hm...that last one is interesting, that means for my weight I should get 676mg per day, I'm still not reaching that either but I guess I'll make that my target instead!

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If sesames seeds are high in it, you can make your own hummus with tahini and I think you'll be covered. 

Cron-o-meter must be really accurate to give you that much detail.  One problem I've had with such things is that vegan food like seitan, tempeh and quinoa weren't on them, but I haven't tried one in many years. 

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Thanks Tweety! Yes, I thought about that too, I do like tahini! But I just checked in Cron-o-meter and a tbsp of tahini only has 10% of the RDA for Methionine. So some, but not as much as a serving of teff. Also I'm trying not to rely too much seeds or nuts because of the omega 6's. So it's a relief to find teff is a really great source!

And yes, Cron-o-meter really works well for me! I eat mostly whole grains, beans, and veggies, so those are easy to track in there! :-)

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Who eats just a tablespoon of tahini????  LOL

What's "teff"?

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Teff is a very tiny brown grain from Ethiopia. It's very nutritious! High in iron, calcium. manganese, etc. And super tasty! I like to have it for breakfast, it tastes just like CocoWheats.

However, I didn't realize just how high it was in Manganese! I had two servings the other day, and my manganese was actually at toxic levels (12.9mg for the day!)! So, maybe it's not good to have too much of it!

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