An amino acid whose role in the body has been all but a mystery appears to act as a potent seizure inhibitor in mice, according to a study. In a series of experiments, the amino acid D-leucine, found in many foods and certain bacteria (see comments, below), interrupted prolonged seizures, a serious condition known as status epilepticus, and it did so just as effectively as the epilepsy drug diazepam — the choice of treatment for patients in the throes of convulsions — but without any of the drug’s sedative side effects.
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Adam L. Hartman, Polan Santos, Kenneth J. O’Riordan, Carl E. Stafstrom, J. Marie Hardwick. Potent anti-seizure effects of D-leucine. Neurobiology of Disease, 2015; 82: 46 DOI: 10.1016/j.nbd.2015.05.013