All About Nutrition

Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of your body. All cells in your body are made from them and your body is regulated by them.

Amino acids are found in all protein foods. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are essential for making strong, healthy muscles in the body.

There are nine essential amino acids and thirteen non-essential amino acids, as well as semi-essential amino acids.

Essential amino acids are vitally essential for human health, while the non-essential amino acids are still required, but are not vital as they can be either be created by the essential amino acids or formed by the body.

Semi-essential amino acids are amino acids which are normally non-essential, but which must be provided by the diet in special circumstances and when the body's ability to produce them is impaired.

Amino acids supplements are sometimes required when your body's health is weakened, or when certain factors in your health or your life, such as low protein diets, can make you deficient in specific amino acids.

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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of minerals supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.