How many amino acids are there?

GlycineProteins are a group of chemicals in the body that make up your muscles, ligaments, tendons, enzymes and the basic structural framing of your body. Proteins are made up of very long strings of 20 different amino acids, each arranged in a very specific sequence. Of these 20 different amino acids, 10 must be supplied from the diet. Your body can then convert these 10 essential amino acids into the others needed to produce every protein in the body. These 10 amino acids are thus called the “Essential Amino Acids”.

Experimental Evidence
The amino acids that are essential in the human diet were established in a series of experiments led by William Cumming Rose. The experiments involved elemental diets to healthy male graduate students. These diets consisted of cornstarch, sucrose, butterfat without protein, corn oil, inorganic salts, the known vitamins, a large brown “candy” made of liver extract flavored with peppermint oil (to supply any unknown vitamins), and mixtures of highly purified individual amino acids. The main outcome measure was nitrogen balance. Rose noted that the symptoms of nervousness, exhaustion, and dizziness were encountered to a greater or lesser extent whenever human subjects were deprived of an essential amino acid.(1)

Diagnosis
Being assessed and then treating deficiencies for essential amino acid can prevent: chronic fatigue, assessing the risk of heart disease, depression, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, inflammation, and neurological disorders. (2)

Diagnosis before treatment is essential in the process of health. It doesn’t help to build muscles by taking Goji berries if your body is deficient in even 1 essential amino acid. Similarly, it doesn’t help to build strength if your exercise program doesn’t diagnosis which muscles are weak compared to their opposing muscles. It only takes a small variation in muscle balances to create a joint that is not working to its maximum.  It’s a kinetic connection! Want to learn more about joint health?

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1-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_amino_acid
2- http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsatod/a/amino_acids.htm

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