Benefits of Amino Acids
Of all the compounds within your body, amino acids account for 75%. These acids are absolutely essential to the proper performance of almost every task that your body accomplishes. In fact, life cannot take form without the application of amino acids.
An easy way to envision the importance that amino acids have on the health of your body is to take the analogy of a house. If proteins within your body are the walls, floor and ceiling, amino acids are the nails that hold these walls together.
Indeed, amino acids are one of the most important chemical compounds in your body. For this reason, their benefits are nearly immeasurable. When viewing all amino acids that are present in the body, three are regarded as being essential.
These amino acids (valine, tryptophan and phenylalanine) are chemicals that your body cannot produce. Therefore, these are the major amino acids that must be present in your diet.
This article will show the individual benefits of each major amino acid that is present in your body. If you would like to read more information about amino acids, please refer to our website's section entitled "Amino Acids Glossary".
Essential Amino Acids
Essential amino acids are substances that are not synthesized by our bodies, and thus only present in healthy diets. There is a common misconception that essential amino acids are required for life, hence the name. In fact, essential amino acids get their name from the "essential" need to have them in your diet in order to obtain them.
Food Sources: Cashews, Peanuts, Watermelon Seeds, Walnuts, Garlic
Food Sources: Dairy Products, Grapes, Bananas, Poultry, Root Vegetables
Food Sources: Fresh Fruits, Brewer's Yeast, Milk, Leafy Vegetables, Poultry
Food Sources: Dairy Products, Fish, Poultry, Whole Grains, Meats
Food Sources: Pistachio Nuts, Piyal Seeds, Dairy Products, Whole Grains, Legumes
Non-Essential Amino Acids
Also called "conditionally essential," non-essential amino acids are different from essential amino acids as they are not normally necessary in a well-balanced healthy diet, but must instead be supplied to some populations that do not synthesize the non-essential amino acids at normal levels.
Non-Essential Amino Acids are synthesized by healthy humans, but some people need to adjust their levels of these amino acids in their diets. Patients undergoing treatment for the condition phenylketonuria, for example, must keep intake of phenlylalanine at a minimum, while supplementing their diets with tyrosine to avoid metabolic complications and reduce the risk of mental retardation.
Food Sources: Red Peppers, Egg Yolk, Poultry, Wheat Germ, Onions
Food Sources: Vegetables, Meat, Poultry, Eggs, Fish, Dairy
Food Sources: Beans, Fish, Meat, Dairy Products
Food Sources: Peanuts, Milk, Soybeans, Rice, Leafy Vegetables
Supplementing Your Diet with Amino Acids
One of the most important reasons to supplement your dietary intake with amino acids is to replenish your body's constantly dwindling supply. The reason being, your body does not store surplus amounts of amino acids for later use.
Hence, if your diet is not sufficient for the reintroduction of amino acids on a regular basis, you could suffer protein degradation that can develop into serious, deadly conditions.
Taking a multi-vitamin is the best way to make sure that you are getting a balanced amount of amino acids. However, be sure that the multi-vitamin that you take is GMP compliant. Non-compliance can usually indicate a lack of some amino acids or ineffective doses of the ones that are present on the label.