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Is phenylalanine vegan?

Phenylalanine is potentially vegan - it can be derived from plants or animals. You should ask the manufacturer for more details.

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So, what is phenylalanine?

Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid found in many foods, including meat, fish, dairy, and soy. It plays a critical role in protein synthesis, and is involved in the production of important neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. Phenylalanine is also used as a nutritional supplement and is often added to foods and drinks as a sweetener. However, individuals with a rare genetic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU) cannot metabolize phenylalanine properly and must avoid it to prevent serious health problems.

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