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

by Kathy Jones on September 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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 Increasing Levels of Amino Acids in Diet Could Reduce Side Effects of Quinine

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.

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.

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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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