Amino Acids

Ever wondered what all the different amino acids do? No, probably not.

Nevertheless, here’s a quick rundown of the amino acids used by humans, and their main function within the body.

Amino acids are a biological compound, of which there are around 500 known types, 20 of which are used in the human body. They are essentially building blocks in the form of proteins and are the second largest component of the human body (after water) making up cells and tissue. Amino acids are also responsible for some neurological functions and hormonal systems.

Essential amino acids (can not be produced in the body)

Histodine – blood

Isoleucine (BCAA) – muscles

Leucine (BCAA) – muscles, blood

Lysine – triglycerides

Methionine – hair, skin

Phenylalanine – hormones

Tryptophan – hormones

Threonine – collagen, teeth

Valine (BCAA) – muscles

Non essential (can be produced within the body

Alanine – blood sugar, liver

Arginine – muscles, immune system, healing

Asparagine – central nervous system

Aspartic acid – central nervous system, brain

Cysteine – skin, hair

Glutamic acid – brain

Glutamine – brain, muscles

Glycine – body tissue

Proline – collagen, elastin

Serine – blood sugar

Tyrosine – thyroid

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