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Amino acids are called the building blocks of life for a reason. They assemble together to create the protein matrices that comprise our living tissues, such as bone, muscle, organs and arteries. Specialized proteins play key roles in wound healing, tissue repair and waste removal. Amino acids also serve as precursors to enzymes and neurotransmitters, and help to regulate nearly all the metabolic processes within the body.
Of the several hundred known amino acids, only 20 are noted for their significant roles in human health.
Essential Amino Acids are not manufactured in the body, so they must be derived from food or supplementation. They include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
Conditionally Essential Amino Acids are manufactured in the body, but under certain circumstances the body needs more than what can be made. They include arginine, cysteine, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine.
Nonessential Amino Acids are manufactured in the body from other amino acids. They include alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, and glutamic acid.
It’s easy to see the importance of maintaining optimal levels with high quality amino acid supplements made from pure amino acid powders.
There are other equally important acids that you don't want to forget about either. Fatty acids, especially omega fatty acids, are making headlines in health news for their part in supporting immune system function and disease prevention.