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Amino acids: What you should know

Amino acids are referred to as the ‘building blocks of life’ for a good reason; find out what they are and why they are vital for survival.

Amino acids are basically the compounds that make up proteins. They are commonly referred to as the ‘building blocks of life.’

The human body requires 20 amino acids for vital bodily function and good health. Out of the 20, the body is capable of synthesizing 11 of them internally.

The 9 amino acids that the body itself does not create must be acquired by eating protein-rich foods.

When you eat something containing protein, your digestive system dismantles the proteins to separate the amino acids.

Subsequently, your body mixes the individual amino acid compounds into various combinations to aid in supporting your bodily functions.

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Which amino acids can the body produce?

There are two types of amino acids that the body is capable of producing: nonessential and conditional.

Nonessential amino acids

Although they are labelled ‘nonessential’, the body still requires them for various vital functions.

You do not need to rely on food to acquire them – the body naturally produces nonessential amino acids internally.

These include:

  • Alanine
  • Asparagine
  • Aspartic acid
  • Glutamic acid

Conditional amino acids

These ones are nonessential amino acids, but at the same time, they are grouped as conditionally essential.

These amino acids become essential to your health only during certain circumstances. For instance, when you are ill, during pregnancy, after trauma, or during infancy.

Even then, the body is not able to produce the required amounts when the need arises. Therefore, it becomes crucial to obtain these amino acids via diet or supplements during these situations.

Conditional amino acids include:

  • Arginine
  • Cysteine
  • Glutamine
  • Tyrosine
  • Glycine
  • Ornithine
  • Proline
  • Serine

With a few exceptions, your body is adequately capable of producing nonessential and conditional amino acids.

The essential amino acids must, however, be obtained from eating foods that have protein in them.

What are the essential amino acids?

The 9 essential amino acids each play vital roles in sustaining healthy bodily functions.

Seeing as how important they are to your overall wellbeing, your body is not capable of producing them.

The only way for your body to receive essential acids is through the food you eat.

The following are essential amino acids and the roles they play in sustaining your body’s functions.

An Assortment of Breakfast Foods containing Amino Acids

Histidine

Histidine helps with the body’s growth, production of blood cells, and tissue maintenance. Histidine also helps support the myelin sheath, the protective covering of nerve cells.

Histidine is converted into histamine by your body which, in turn, helps with your immune health, digestive health, and reproductive health.

Sources:

  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds

Isoleucine

Isoleucine helps the body heal wounds and produce hormones. It also helps maintain immune health and regulate blood sugar levels.

Isoleucine is found in the muscle tissue and also helps regulate energy levels.

Sources:

  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Lentils
  • Nuts and seeds

Leucine

Among leucine’s contributions to health are blood sugar level regulation, repair and growth of muscles and bones, healing of wounds, and growth hormone production.

Sources:

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Soy

Lysine

Lysine helps the body to synthesize protein, build muscles, and recover from injury. It is also vital in the regulation of enzymes, hormones, and antibodies.

Sources:

  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Black beans
  • Quinoa
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Soy

Methionine

Methionine helps with the body’s detoxification process and metabolism. It is also important for the growth of tissue and the absorption of important minerals like selenium and zinc.

Methionine also helps keep skin and hair healthy and supple.

Sources:

  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Grains

Phenylalanine

Phenylalanine is an amino acid which helps the body biosynthesize other amino acids. It is also vital in the functions and structures of several enzymes and proteins.

The body converts phenylalanine into tyrosine which is essential in the production of brain chemicals like dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine.

Sources:

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Soy

Threonine

Threonine is essential in the maintenance of healthy teeth and skin. It also helps metabolize fat.

Sources:

  • Wheat germ
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Cheese

Tryptophan

Tryptophan helps form serotonin – an important neurotransmitter that aids in the regulation of sleep, mood, appetite, and pain.

Sources:

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Red meats
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Bananas
  • Seeds and nuts

Valine

Valine is an essential amino acid that helps sustain healthy mental focus, coordination of muscles, mental calm, and stamina.

It also plays a role in stimulating the growth and regeneration of muscles as well as energy production.

Sources:

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Red meats
  • Soy
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts

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How we can help with your amino acid requirements

We offer a highly effective intravenous treatment in the form of Amino Acid Infusion IV Drip.

Not only will it help your body get a fill of all the essential amino acids, but it will also immediately begin providing all the benefits as well.

The benefits of the intravenous treatment include:

  • Muscle and tissue restoration (especially effective for people performing intense workouts)
  • Enhanced immunity
  • Boosted nervous system health
  • Boosted muscle health
  • Normalized blood pressure
  • Increased oxygen circulation

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