Amino acids play a central role in building proteins and as intermediates in metabolism. There are 20 amino acids found within proteins. Proteins catalyze all reactions in living cells and control virtually all cellular process. Proteins have within them the sequence of how that protein will fold into a 3 dimensional structure and the stability of the resulting structure. We can only produce 10 of the amino acids, the other 10 must come through diet. The body does not store excess for later use (which is why cycling protein is so important). Failure to obtain even 1, results in degradation of the body’s proteins-muscle and so forth- to obtain the 1 amino acid that is needed (another, what are you thinking with vegetarians). The 10 amino acids that we can produce are: alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine. The essential acids that wer have to get through food are:
- arginine (need more in youth): chocolate, coconut, meat, and nuts
- isoleucine: almond, cashew, eggs, liver, fish, and meat
- threonine: meat
- tryptophan: meat
- valine: meat, mushrooms
These play a key role in normalizing mood, concentration, aggression, attention, and sleep. After it is consumed, the protein is broken down into amino acids to be used to create necessary body proteins and enzymes.