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Amino Acids

Functions of taurine

  • Is a key ingredient of bile, which in turn is needed for fat digestion 
  • Aids in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins 
  • Assist with the control of cholesterol serum levels 
  • Assist with the proper use of potassium, calcium and sodium 
  • May be helpful to hydrate the brain 
  • Taurine with zinc is required for proper eye health and vision

Food sources of taurine

  • Meat 
  • Fish

Note: Theonine is an essential amino acid

Functions of threonine

  • Required to help maintain proper protein balance 
  • Assist in the formation of collagen and elastin in the skin 
  • Involved in fighting fatty liver 
  • Promote thymus growth and activity

Food sources of threonine 

  • Meat 
  • Dairy products 
  • Eggs 
  • Wheat germ 
  • Nuts 
  • Beans

Functions of tyrosine

  • Precursor of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine 
  • Elevates mood 
  • Helpful in suppressing appetite 
  • Assist the thyroid 
  • Assist with the production of melanin (skin and hair color)

Food sources of tyrosine

  • Meat 
  • Dairy 
  • Eggs 
  • Almonds 
  • Avocados 
  • Bananas

Note: Valine is part of the three “branched chain amino acids” and needs to be supplied together with the other two isoleucine and leusine

Functions of valine

  • Is actively taken up by muscle as energy conserving glucose 
  • Modulate uptake of neurotransmitter precursors by the brain as well as the release of enkephalins, which inhibit the passage of pain signals into the nervous system 
  • Promotes the healing of skin and broken bones

Food sources of valine

  • Meat 
  • Dairy products 
  • Peanuts 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Soy
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