amino acid supplement side effects lumity anti aging

Last month I was gifted the Lumity Anti-Aging Nutraceutical Dietary Supplement kit. Each kit includes 84 morning soft gels and 84 nighttime soft gels. The instructions say to take three pills in the morning and three pills in the evening.

I reviewed the ingredients, like I normally do with supplements, and everything looked good: Flax seed oil, vitamins, trace minerals and the Lumity Renew Complex and the Lumity Vita Complex; both made up of amino acids. 

After one week of taking the supplements, I started to experience nausea, lightheadedness, and extreme fatigue in the mornings until midday. One night I even woke up with my heart racing and insomnia. I had changed nothing in my lifestyle except for the Lumity supplements, so I knew they had to be the cause. But I thought, aren’t amino acids healthy and good? Why would these cause negative side effects?

The simple answer: good things in excess can sometimes be bad.

I am in no way representing that I am a nutrition expert, but based on online research I found, in particular a study published in 2004 in The Journal of Nutrition titled The Nature Of Human Hazards Associated With Excessive Intake of Amino Acids, it appears certain amino acids in excess can cause negative side effects.

When I broke down the ingredients, here’s what I found…


LUMITY MORNING
Contains: Lumity Vita Complex (Acetyl-L-carnitine, L-Cysteine hydrochloride and Coenzyme Q10 from fermentation)

Carnitine

Benefits: supports metabolism, fat burning, muscle recovery, energy release

Side effects: None (even high doses do not have an impact on the body)

L-Cysteine

Benefits: antioxidant properties, detoxification, balances blood sugar, supports digestive health, helps with depression and stress (aminoacidstudies.org).

Side effects: fatigue, dizziness, nausea, insomnia (The Journal of Nutrition 2004)

Coenzyme Q10

Benefits: neutralizes free-radicals, helps with high cholesterol and high blood pressure (University of Maryland Medical Center)

Side effects: may lower blood sugar, occasional stomach upset (University of Maryland Medical Center)



LUMITY NIGHT
Contains: Lumity Renew Complex (Alanine, Lysine hydrochloride, L-Glutamine, L-Arginine, L-Cysteine hydrochloride)

Alanine

Benefits: supports blood sugar management (aminoacidstudies.org)

Side effects: nausea, abdominal cramping (The Journal of Nutrition 2004)

Lysine

Benefits: antiviral, antibody development, increases effectiveness of L-arginine in promoting human growth hormone release (aminoacidstudies.org)

Side effects: upset stomach (The Journal of Nutrition 2004)

L-Glutamine

Benefits: removes ammonia in the body, boosts immune function, improves digestion, wound healing, protects gastrointestinal tract (University of Maryland Medical Clinic)

Side effects: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gas, swelling of hands or feet, headache, dizziness, fatigue (everydayhealth.com)

L-Arginine

Benefits: immunity booster, speeds wound healing, helps anxiety (mayoclinic.org)

Side effects: may cause low blood pressure, bloating, diarrhea, hives, hormonal changes, stomach and intestinal discomfort (mayoclinic.org)

L-Cysteine

Benefits: antioxidant properties, detoxification, balances blood sugar, supports digestive health, helps with depression and stress (aminoacidstudies.org).

Side effects: fatigue, dizziness, nausea and insomnia (The Journal of Nutrition 2004)


I follow a paleo-ish, high protein diet, and after researching these amino acids it was clear I was getting excess amounts for my body causing my upset stomach, nausea, dizziness and extreme fatigue. I also have naturally low blood pressure that falls consistently around 94/60, so perhaps, the fact that Coenzyme Q10 and L-Arginine can cause increased low blood pressure may have played a role in my experience. 

Finally, everyone is going to have a different response to supplements since we all need different requirements, but if you eat a paleo/whole-30/high-protein diet, I would recommend treading lightly with these and speaking to your medical professional before taking (which is what we all should be doing with any supplement…). 


Written by Amy Chang, founder & editor; Photographed by Wing Ta 



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