Nearly 20% of our body is protein. It plays a critical role in most biological processes, and amino acids are its building blocks. When we digest protein it’s broken down into specific amino acids needed by the body. It’s what builds the solid matter in our bodies, including our skin, eyes, heart, intestines, bones and, muscle. More…
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What You Need to Know About Amino Acids
Amino acids play a crucial role in the transport and storage of nutrients. They influence the function of our organs, glands, tendons and arteries. Plus, they help heal wounds and repair tissue, particularly in the muscles, bones, skin and hair. They even help with the removal of waste deposits produced in metabolism.
To properly convert protein into amino acids, and vice versa, you need adequate vitamins and minerals in your diet. Amino acids help optimize the micro-nutrients, plus they provide the fuel you need for growth, health, and proper functioning of the body.
There are 20 standard amino acids. Of these 6 are considered essential by most nutritionists. This simply means that you need a certain amount of them in your diet to function properly. Our bodies cannot make them without a proper diet of food and supplements (as needed).
The essential amino acids are glutamine, valine, BCAA’s, histidine, carnitine, lysine. Others that have recently come to the forefront of sports experts include L-Glutamine, L-Arginine, L-Carnitine, L-Cysteine, and HMB.