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Overview of Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When dietary protein is broken down by digestion the result is amino acids. This makes amino acids, next to water, the largest portion of our body weight since all proteins are derived from amino acids.

Dietary protein is first broken down and then reassembled to form different amino acids. The liver does this reassembling job using peptides to manufacture about 70% of all amino acids required. The remaining 30% - histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine – must be available in the dietary protein. These amino acids are commonly referred to as the essential amino acids.

Besides building muscle cells, hair, nails and repairing tissue, amino acids form antibodies to combat invading bacteria and viruses, are part of the enzyme and hormonal system, build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA), carry oxygen throughout the body and are part of all muscular activity.

The efficiency of the body to process proteins and to supply amino acids sufficiently reduces over time and supplementation might be required especially to improve endocrine efficiency.

The advantage of free form amino acids, as supplied by supplements like Biozest, is that it need no digestion at all and are immediately absorbed into the body, resulting in the amino acids being directed to the tissues that require them.

When taking a free form amino acid supplement it is best to have vitamin C and B6 present at the same time for best absorption.

Overview of Amino Acids * Arginine * Carnitine * Glutamine * Glycine * Isoleucine * Leucine * Lysine * Penylalanine * Taurine * Theonine * Tyrosine * Valine


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