Nutrition Intelligence – Essential Amino Acids – Part 11

Oh dear, we’re back on the acids! Not dangerous ones or illegal ones. Essential ones. Essential Amino Acids, the building blocks of life itself. That’s essential! Proteins could not exist without the proper combination of amino acids.

It is protein that provides the cellular structure for all living things. Proteins are the most abundant cellular components, including enzymes, antibodies, hormones, transport molecules and muscle tissue and play a key role in nearly every biological system. In it’s various forms, protein participates in the vital chemical processes that support life.

Amino acids can be classified as:-

  • Essential – required in the normal diet as your body can’t produce enough for normal bodily functions.
  • Non-essential – meaning produced in the body, not required to be supplied in your diet.

Amino acids are involved in a variety of important roles in every part of your body. Every bodily system requires amino acids to function, your immune system, digestive system, metabolism, detoxification and glucose balance. Your central nervous system, for example, cannot function without amino acids which act as neurotransmitters, or precursors to neurotransmitters.

Amino acids play a vital role by allowing dietary nutrients to be assimilated by your body.