Your Body Needs Amino Acids

Imagine building a house. You buy the land and you prepare the site. You work hard and you make sure you have done everything you can to create a house that is warm, healthy, wonderful and architecturally sound. You finish the house. All the tradesmen have come and gone and you are thrilled with the result.

But wait!

There’s a problem.

You were so busy you forgot to call in the plumber.

The whole house has been built. Everything looks fine from the outside but the house is not functioning properly. There are no pipes. No sewage system. No running water.

Your dream house is useless.

Your Body

Your body is a bit like a house. It needs a great foundation and it needs to be structurally sound. And it needs to be maintained, cared for and looked after because it houses you. It needs quality fuel and  an underpinning structural system that facilitates the correct and optimised processing of what you put into it.

Your body needs to have a healthy metabolism and in order to metabolise the many substances you put into it, it needs to be able to produce and source amino acids.

Amino Acids

Amino acids are building blocks. They chain together to help synthesise proteins or they are oxidised to urea and carbon dioxide as an energy source.[1] There are 22 amino acids in the human body. 20 are encoded by the universal genetic code, while the remaining 2 “are incorporated into proteins by unique synthetic mechanisms.”[2] Some of these can be created from other compounds, while others must be obtained from food sources.

Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids

Essential amino acids are those the body needs to source from food because it cannot produce them. These are:

  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine

Nonessential amino acids are:

  • Alanine
  • Arginine
  • Asparagine
  • Aspartic acid
  • Cysteine
  • Glutamic acid
  • Glutamine
  • Ornithine
  • Glycine
  • Proline
  • Selenocysteine
  • Serine
  • Taurine
  • Tyrosine

How They Help Your Body

You can obtain amino acids from foods or you can buy them as a natural product that aids and benefits your natural health. Amino Acids help with muscle growth and repair of muscle from injury, concentration, sleep and mood, healthy immune system functioning, general health and maintenance and optimum digestion.[3]

Be sure to speak with your nutritionist or dietician or natural remedies specialist about the importance of amino acids in your diet. Your naturopathy clinic can advise you on the approach that may best suit you.

Take care.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amino_acid

[2] ibid

[3] http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/amino.html