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Leucine

Leucine belongs to a list of branched-chain amino acids, which build muscles and promote muscle recovery after exercise. It may also stimulate production of insulin and therefore regulates blood sugar levels helping to prevent the break down of protein. The increase and need for leucine may be activated by poor digestion or liver disease.  Leucine is also actively involved in the efficient healing of wounds.

  • Leucine is burned by the muscles as fuel

  • Stimulates protein synthesis & assists with muscle building

  • Especially beneficial to older people

  • May help people lose weight and fat

  • Works best under metabolic stress.

While not at high as meats and eggs as well as legumes here are some alkaline fruits and vegetables on the list of approved foods that provide leucine.

Seaweed, spirulina, raw Leucine: 3915mg 

Watercress, raw Leucine: 3017mg 

Horseradish-tree leafy tips, raw Leucine: 2472mg 

Alfalfa seeds, sprouted, raw Leucine: 2322mg 

Asparagus, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt Leucine: 1422mg 

Asparagus, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without  salt Leucine: 1273mg

Kale, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt Leucine: 1327mg

Turnip greens, canned, solids and liquids Leucine: 1771mg 

Turnip greens and turnips, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt Leucine: 1468mg

Turnip greens, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 1050mg 

Lambsquarters, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 1669mg 

Jute, potherb, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 1654mg 

Amaranth (Callaloo) leaves, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 1590mg

Mushrooms, brown, Italian, or Crimini, raw Leucine: 1133mg 

Parsley, raw Leucine: 1133mg 

Nopales, cooked, without salt Leucine: 1093mg 

Lettuce, butterhead (includes Boston and bibb types), raw Leucine: 1092mg 

Mushrooms, white, raw Leucine: 1091mg

Mushrooms, white, stir-fried Leucine: 1000mg 

Vinespinach, (basella), raw Leucine: 1063mg 

Lettuce, green leaf, raw Leucine: 1053mg

Collards, frozen, chopped, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 1022mg

Collards, frozen, chopped, unprepared Leucine: 1012mg 

Purslane, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 1011mg

Purslane, raw Leucine: 1000mg 

Collards, raw Leucine: 1007mg

Collards, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt Leucine: 1000mg

Collards, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt Leucine: 1000mg 

Tomatoes, red, ripe, cooked with or without Leucine: 433mg

Pepper, ancho, dried Leucine: 431mg 

Peppers, sweet, red, frozen, chopped, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 425mg

Shallots, freeze-dried Leucine: 422mg

Rutabagas, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 210mg

Onions, raw Leucine: 125mg 

Burdock root, cooked, boiled, drained, with or without salt Leucine: 100mg

Burdock root, raw Leucine: 89mg 

Fruits High in Leucine (per 100 g edible portion)

Avocado (raw) 170 mg

Mango (raw) 165 mg

Banana (raw) 68 mg

Kiwifruit (raw) 57 mg

Strawberry (raw) 40 mg

Fig (raw) 27 mg

Kaki, Japanese persimmon (nonastringent, raw) 25 mg

Pineapple (raw) 23 mg

Honey Dew Melon (open culture, raw) 22 mg

Grapefruit (juice sacs, raw) 18 mg

Seeded non-GMO Watermelon (raw) 16 mg

Peach (raw) 15 mg

Seeded non-GMO Grape (raw) 11 mg