Amino Acids

Amino Acids are the "building Blocks" of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses; they are part of the enzyme & hormonal system; they build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA); they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in muscle activity. Eight are essential (cannot be manufactured by the body) the rest are non-essential (can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition). Here are the 23 most common amino acids. Amino Acid supplements are often used to complement a vegetarian diet for proper nutritional benefits.

ALANINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Is an important source of energy for muscle tissue, the brain and central nervous system; strengthens the immune system by producing antibodies; helps in the metabolism of sugars and organic acids.

ARGININE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Studies have shown that is has improved immune responses to bacteria, viruses & tumor cells; promotes wound healing and regeneration of the liver; causes the release of growth hormones; considered crucial for optimal muscle growth and tissue repair; helps arthritis sufferers by stimulating the growth of new bone and tendon cells. It appears that ingestion of arginine increases human growth hormone (HGH), which in turn accelerates the formation of new bone and tendon. When healthy males were given a single dose of arginine, reported Dr. A. Isidori in Current Medical Research and Opinion, a definite increase in HGH was noted in all subjects, often occurring as rapidly as within 30 minutes of the intake of the amino acid."

ASPARAGINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) - On intracellular function Asparagine, Glutamine and Serine are vital for energy and smooth function of brain reactions, contribute to the formation of proteins, muscles, neurotransmitters, antibodies and receptors; important transporters of nitrogen; foundation of carbohydrate metabolism; improve recovery after surgery or trauma by hastening wound... Aspartic acid 252 and asparagine 185 are essential for activity of lipid N-acetylglucosaminylphosphate transferase.

ASPARTIC ACID (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Aids in the expulsion of harmful ammonia from the body. When ammonia enters the circulatory system it acts as a highly toxic substance which can be harmful to the central nervous system. Recent studies have shown that Aspartic Acid may increase resistance to fatigue and increase endurance.

CYSTEINE (Non-Essential) In addition to protecting the cells from the harmful effects of radiation, [L-Cysteine] protects the liver and brain from damage due to alcohol and cigarette smoke.

CYSTINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Functions as an antioxidant and is a powerful aid to the body in protecting against radiation and pollution. It can help slow down the aging process, deactivate free radicals, neutralize toxins; aids in protein synthesis and presents cellular change. It is necessary for the formation of the skin, which aids in the recovery from burns and surgical operations. Hair and skin are made up 10-14% Cystine.

GLUTAMINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) - The brain requires a constant supply of energy to think and be alert, Glutamine provides the fuel the brain cells need to think clearly and help combat fatigue... In a paper entitled "Fourteen Doctors Confirm L-Glutamine Improves I.Q.;" Dr. Righard Passwater explains that the brain actually needs two types of "fuel". Until recently, doctors knew of only one type, glucose; but recent studies have proven that another compound exists and nourishes the brain. That compound is L-glutamine."

GLUTAMIC ACID (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Considered to be nature's "Brain food" by improving mental capacities; helps speed the healing of ulcers; gives a "lift" from fatigue; helps control alcoholism, schizophrenia and the craving for sugar.

GLYCINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Helps trigger the release of oxygen to the energy requiring cell-making process; Important in the manufacturing of hormones responsible for a strong immune system.

HISTIDINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Is found abundantly in hemoglobin; has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, allergic diseases, ulcers & anemia. A deficiency can cause poor hearing.

HYDROXYPROLINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) - Plays a major role in the manufacture of collagen, connective tissue, skin, ligaments, tendons, bones, cartilage and is necessary in Vitamin D assimilation. Vitamin D is essential in proper calcium absorption. Hydoxyproline has been brought to public attention by "Calorad" advertising "weight loss while you sleep" from an increase in lean muscle tissues and a decrease in adipose tissue (fat). Their " simple and unique delivery system provides a fuel at the body's prime time for healing and repair, the first ninety minutes of sleep." ... BUT claims for taking supplemental forms of Hydoxyproline are not substantiated by studies such as those by Haydock DA. Hill GL. Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition. 10(6):550-4, 1986 Nov-Dec which studies the relationship between nutritional state and wound healing was examined in 66 adult surgical patients. Wound-healing response was assessed by measuring the collagen content (hydroxyproline) which revealed a normal protein intake will facilitate the proper growth and formation of collagen.... And that increased intake of hydroxyproline will NOT increase the rate of wound healing or collagen formation beyond a set limit. As long as protein intake is well above starvation levels, there's no reason to supplement diet with hydroxyproline.

LEUCINE & ISOLEUCINE (Essential Amino Acid) They provide ingredients for the manufacturing of other essential biochemical components in the body, some of which are utilized for the production of energy, stimulants to the upper brain and helping you to be more alert.

LYSINE (Essential Amino Acid) Insures the adequate absorption of calcium; helps form collagen (which makes up bone cartilage & connective tissues); aids in the production of antibodies, hormones & enzymes. Recent studies have shown that Lysine may be effective against herpes by improving the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth. A deficiency may result in tiredness, inability to concentrate, irritability, bloodshot eyes, retarded growth, hair loss, anemia & reproductive problems.

METHIONINE (Essential Amino Acid) Is a principle supplier of sulfur which prevents disorders of the hair, skin and nails; helps lower cholesterol levels by increasing the liver's production of lecithin; reduces liver fat and protects the kidneys; a natural chelating agent for heavy metals; regulates the formation of ammonia and creates ammonia-free urine which reduces bladder irritation; influences hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

PHENYLALAINE (Essential Amino Acid) Used by the brain to produce Norepinephrine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells and the brain; keeps you awake & alert; reduces hunger pains; functions as an antidepressant and helps improve memory.

PROLINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Is extremely important for the proper functioning of joints and tendons; also helps maintain and strengthen heart muscles.

SERINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) A storage source of glucose by the liver and muscles; helps strengthen the immune system by providing antibodies; synthesizes fatty acid sheath around nerve fibers.

TAURINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Helps stabilize the excitability of membranes which is very important in the control of epileptic seizures. Taurine and sulfur are considered to be factors necessary for the control of many biochemical changes that take place in the aging process; aids in the clearing of free radical wastes.

THREONINE (Essential Amino Acid) Is an important constituent of collagen, Elastin, and enamel protein; helps prevents fat build-up in the liver; helps the digestive and intestinal tracts function more smoothly; assists metabolism and assimilation.

TRYPTOPHAN (Essential Amino Acid) A natural relaxant, helps alleviate insomnia by inducing normal sleep; reduces anxiety & depression; helps in the treatment of migraine headaches; helps the immune system; helps reduce the risk of artery & heart spasms; works with Lysine in reducing cholesterol levels.

TYROSINE (Non-Essential Amino Acid) Transmits nerve impulses to the brain; helps overcome depression; Improves memory; increases mental alertness; promotes the healthy functioning of the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands.

VALINE (Essential Amino Acid) Promotes mental vigor, muscle coordination and calm emotions.

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