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Explaining Amino Acids

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition at 4:25 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The two optical isomers of alanine, D-Alanine and L-AlanineLucky Blog continues to help our customers to understand a little bit more about vitamins, herbs and supplements in general.

If you have a question or want to learn about a specific supplement or product, Lucky Blog can be a useful tool. Just like we’ve had the vitamin of the week and herb of the week, Lucky Blog is ready for the next step: Amino Acids.

It’s quite difficult to understand all the amino acids for many reasons. Some people don’t understand amino acids because of their complicated names and functions. Some other people are confused by multiple uses and benefits of each amino acid.

Lucky Blog is starting a series of blogs to explain the functions of amino acids. Let’s begin with an overall view of the subject.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are needed to build the various proteins used in the growth, repair, and maintenance of body tissues. Eleven of the twenty amino acids can be made by the body itself, while the other nine (called essential amino acids) must come from the diet or supplements.

The nine essential amino acids are isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Another amino acid, histidine, is considered semi-essential because the body does not always require dietary sources of it. The nonessential amino acids are arginine, alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamine, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine.

Foods of animal origin such as meat and poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products, are the richest dietary sources of the essential amino acids. Consuming a proper mix of amino acids is important but it’s not necessary to consume them all at the same meal.

Check back on blog/ every Thursday for more information on amino acids.

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One Response to “Explaining Amino Acids”

  1. Donna says:

    I have read that those with a candida albican overgrowth often are found to be deficient in most amino acids. Do you find this to be true, and if so, why?

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