conditionally essential (needed during periods of excessive stress)
preferred source of energy for enterocytes in the GI tract
depleted by athletic over-training resulting in increased URI's
involved in acid-base balance
critical for the repair of tissues
essential for the synthesis of vitamin B-3
essential in the metabolism of uric acid and arginine
becomes deficient under excessive stress such as in injury, septicemia
acute burns, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.
inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcers, alcoholism
total parenteral nutrition, Alzheimer's, cancer
very little toxicity
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