A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue are made up of amino acids, meaning they carry out many important bodily functions, such as giving cells their structure.
Of the 20 amino acids that exist we require 9 in our diets as our bodies cannot create them.
We have a pool of available free amino acids that our bodies can utilise at any time. This pool is exchanged three to four times a day and so must be maintained to keep our metabolism functioning at its peak.
Did you know?
- Amino acids play a key role in the transport and the storage of nutrients.
- Amino acids have an influence on the function of organs, glands, tendons and arteries.
- Essential amino acids are vital for healing wounds and repairing tissue, especially in the muscles, bones, skin and hair
- Essential amino acids are vital for the removal of all kinds of waste deposits produced in connection with our metabolism.
Recently a research scientist from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Leipzig, Germany, has discovered that simple, natural amino acids work better than antibiotics at treating infections, and they do not cause harm to healthy cells in the body - see link below.