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PROTEINS, ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE

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Take water out of the human body and it is primarily protein. Therefore, the construction and maintenance of our body is dependent upon the constant ingestion of proteins. While our body can make many of these building blocks (proteins) internally, there are also certain component parts of protein that we must get from the diet.

Whatever our particular food choices on any day are, our body must first break down the proteins that we eat into peptide clusters and amino acids to utilize them. Our digestive system and liver break down and convert dietary proteins into usable human proteins that are re-assembled to aid our body in every aspect of health. Amino acids are what the body is seeking from the proteins that we eat.

Amino acids are the tools; the bricks that make up the structure of our muscles and ligaments, skin, organs, glands and the brain. Our body is a factory, constantly breaking down, assembling and utilizing proteins. Science has isolated 22 known naturally-occurring amino acids, which are classified as essential (the body cannot manufacture them but must obtain them in the diet), non-essential (we make them ourselves) and conditionally essential. All work tirelessly in the body, building, modulating and repairing. There is no question about it; amino acids are the building blocks of protein and proteins are the building blocks of life.

Amino acid therapy offers applications for everyone. The principal areas of interest for the supplementation of free-form (individual) amino acids are protein synthesis and digestion, immunity, and blood-circulatory system. Amino acid therapy is as practical as modulating the production of the collagen and elastin that effect the moisture and the regeneration of skin tissue. Amino acids are as imperative as prostate, liver and thyroid health. There are also many health care professionals utilizing amino acids in their practice for hormonal health, assisting the body in its efforts for normal neurotransmitter function and for the endocrine system.

Two critical things about amino acids: the body needs a proper balance of these building blocks, and the body does not store them. They need to be replenished daily so they are constantly available. A deficiency of any amino acid can lead to deficiencies in many body systems. This is why we want to make sure we are getting quality proteins daily, and why protein supplements are popular for the elderly, the athlete and those recovering from injury. Many health indications signal a probable deficiency of amino acids. The logic here is simple: if there is not a sufficient pool of specific amino acids circulating in the body to perform functions or assist in repair, then the body may not be able to repair itself.

Since amino acids are precursors to so many other elemental physiologically necessary biomolecules, they are considered safe building blocks when a person seeks balance with healthy serotonin and melatonin levels, thyroid hormone issues, and prostate and liver function. The research into their effects on mood, pain, the nervous and immune systems and the endocrine system seems very promising.

Amino acid supplements are produced through the fermentation of raw materials such as sugarcane or other carbohydrates. Since they are harvested and purified with no-peptide bonds, they can be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Absorption is important to people with digestive deficiencies, poor diets or who may have conditions that demand an abundance of specific amino acids for correcting deficiencies.

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