Aspartic acid is an nonessential amino acids. "Nonessential" means that our bodies produce it even if we don't get this amino acid from the food we eat.
Aspartic acid is also called asparaginic acid.
Aspartic acid helps every cell in the body work. It plays a role in:
Hormone production and release
Normal nervous system function
Plant sources of aspartic acid include:
Legumes such as soybeans, garbanzo beans, and lentils
Peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and flaxseeds
Animal sources include:
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Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, Nutritionist, University of Washington Medical Center Diabetes Care Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.