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Essential Amino Acids: Building Blocks of Life

May 15th, 2010

We need proteins to maintain good skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle structure and plasticity, burn fat, use energy effectively, regulate weight and maintain good health.  Even though proteins are readily available in variety of food sources, not just any protein will do. To remain healthy and satisfy our protein requirements, we must familiarize ourselves with proteins and amino acids we need to ingest on daily basis.

Despite variety of sources, all proteins are not the same and have variable amounts of 20 amino acids bonded together in different combinations. Most amino acids can be synthesized in our body, but some cannot. Amino acids we cannot synthesize are commonly called essential amino acids. As the name implies they are essential for our survival and we have to supplement them trough either food or amino acid supplements.  And to maintain optimum health we must supplement them on a daily basis.

Essential amino acids are:

  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine
  • Histidine

In addition, due to unique developmental needs, infants and growing children need Cysteine, Tyrosine and Arginine and supplementation is recommended.

Without essential amino acids as a part of our daily diet, our body cannot conduct a variety of functions that keep us alive. Since essential amino acids are found in variety of different foods, it is important to adopt a habit of actively seeking and maintaining a balanced and diverse diet. Without this the odds of meeting our daily essential amino acid needs are slim to none, same as our odds of maintaining healthy metabolism and optimum health. Think of building a house. No bricks means no house. No protein means no muscle. And no muscle… well… let’s use our imagination.

The wonderful thing about essential amino acids is that we do not have to ingest them together to gain full benefits. Our body is perfectly able to take amino acids ingested at different times during the day and convert them to proteins trough segmented metabolic process. So while finding the right combination of food that will deliver all essential amino acids can be challenging, their metabolic complementation is not. We provide essential amino acids and body does the work. Or in words of my grandfather, you provide the bricks, and the specialist builds the house. So let’s go get those bricks.

For more ways on effective ways of making essential amino acids a part of your daily diet, visit Herbal Diet today.

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