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Essential amino acids

Health benefits of Essential amino acids:
Twenty percent of the human body is made up of protein. Protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes and amino acids are the building blocks of protein.


What are the essential amino acids?

The essential amino acids cannot be generated by us and must be obtained from the food we eat. Together these 9 amino acids are vital for many of the biological processes we require to be alive.

Why do they matter to me?

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.

Latest research

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.
Review date: 7/30/2018
Next review date: 1/30/2019
Essential amino acids