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Amino Acids

Amino Acids

What exactly are amino acids? Amino acids are the chemical units or the 'building blocks' that make up proteins. Protein could not exist without the proper combination of amino acids. To understand how vital amino acids are, you must understand how essential proteins are to life. It is proteins that provide the structure to all living things. Each organism from the largest animal to the tiniest microbe is composed of protein. And in its various forms, it is protein that participates in the vital chemical processes that enable us to sustain life.

In the human body, protein substances make up the muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, glands, nails, hair and some body fluids. Proteins are essential for the growth of bones. Enzymes, hormones and genes are also comprised of various proteins. Next to water, protein makes up the greatest portion of our body weight. Consequently it is easy to see why meeting our protein requirements is so important to good health.

A protein shortage could easily lead to any number of disorders. If the diet is improperly balanced, that is, contains inadequate amounts of the essential amino acids, physical disorders will arise. In addition to their other vital functions, amino acids enable vitamins and minerals to perform their jobs properly. Even if the vitamins and minerals are absorbed and assimilated rapidly, they will not be effective unless amino acids are present.

Hence, the vitality and health that you experience while following your Eating Plan. Each meal is balanced and contains just the right amount of protein that your body needs.

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