Increasing Levels of Amino Acids in Diet Could Reduce Side Effects of Quinine

by Kathy Jones on  September 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM Diet & Nutrition News
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Eating a balanced diet that increases the levels of an amino acid in the body could reduce the adverse side effects caused due to anti-parasitic drug quinine that is used in treatment of malaria, a new study has suggested.
 Increasing Levels of Amino Acids in Diet Could Reduce Side Effects of Quinine
Increasing Levels of Amino Acids in Diet Could Reduce Side Effects of Quinine

The research by scientists at The University of Nottingham indicates that natural variation in our levels of the amino acid, tryptophan, has a marked bearing on how we respond to quinine treatment.

It appears that the lower our levels of tryptophan the more likely it is that we would suffer side-effects. And because tryptophan is an essential amino acid the body cannot produce it - we get it from the food we eat.

Discovered back in the 1600s, quinine is still used for anti-malaria treatment. However, it is associated with a long list of side effects ranging from sickness and headaches to blindness, deafness and in rare cases death.

The study has been published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Source: ANI

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