Amino Acids For Nourishment

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What are Amino Acids Good For?

Amino acids are the building blocks that make up proteins like hormones, enzymes and proteins in tissues and muscle. There are nine essential amino acids that we need to get from food; the body can make the other eleven.

Amino Acids Chemistry

There are 20 amino acids that are required for growth by the human body. From these 20 amino acids, there are tens of thousands of different protein molecules that can be formed.

Humans can produce 11 of the 20 amino acids. The other amino acids must be supplied in the food. These are called the non-essential, or "dispensable" amino acids. The other nine amino acids are called essential (indispensable) amino acids. Essential amino acids are those which cannot be manufactured by your body and must be supplied from your food. Failure to obtain enough of even 1 of the 11 essential amino acids - those that we cannot make - results in degradation of the body's proteins (muscle and so forth) to obtain the one amino acid that is needed.

Unlike fat and starch, the human body does not store excess amino acids for later use -- the amino acids must be in the food every day.

Amino Acids Production

Non Essential (Dispensable) Amino Acids. The 10 amino acids that we can produce are alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine. Tyrosine is produced from phenylalanine, so if the diet is deficient in phenylalanine, tyrosine will be required as well. Plants, of course, must be able to make all the amino acids.

Did You Know...

Amino acid sequences can affect the brain in the same way opiates do! Both dairy and gluten-containing grains contain opioid peptides. These target your endorphin receptors and make you feel very happy. These opioids are amazingly addictive and are largely responsible for food cravings for dairy, bread, pasta, crackers, etc. On the down side, these foods can cause blood sugar spikes, are hard to digest and are one of the causes of inflammation. You may wish to keep your servings of these foods minimal.

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Essential (Indispensable) Amino Acids. The essential amino acids are arginine (required for the young, but not for adults), histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. These amino acids are required.

Concentrated amino acids are necessary during periods of intense physical activity or stress. Suggested to promote your heart health, lung function and circulatory system health.

Foods that contain a balanced combination of all the essential and nonessential amino acids in the exact amounts required by the body for growth are called "complete proteins." If an essential amino acid is missing, the body must break down its own proteins to obtain it. To prevent muscle cell breakdown, dietary protein must supply all the essential amino acids. The complete proteins are those that come from animal sources such as Meat Group:

SAM-e Amino Acid

In Europe, this amino acid has been regulated for decades as a mainstream antidepressant. The body produces SAM-e naturally; it's used to produce other chemicals that play a role in mood. SAM-e isn't absorbed well when taken orally, so you need to start low and slowly up the dose as needed to 800mg twice a day. The goal is to find the lowest effective dose. SAM-e, like any other antidepressant, isn't safe for people with bipolar mood disorder.

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Food for Thought

Supplement Safety: The American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal "Clinical Toxicology," no deaths have ever been found from vitamin or mineral supplements.

Another study discovered there were about 100,000 deaths per year from pharmaceutical drugs and none for natural supplements. Over a 10 year period, pharmaceuticals killed 1 million people.

Putting this into perspective: That is more than all the Americans killed in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War - combined.

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