What are amino acids and how can I increase my intake of them?
Amino acids are the “building blocks” of protein, they are the key to protein metabolism. The body cannot use these proteins until they are broken down and digested into single amino acids. Proteins contain chains of hundreds of these amino acids joined together. There are over 40,000 different types of proteins found in the body , but only 20 amino acids. Of these 20 amino acids, 14 of them are non-essential (manufactured by the body with proper nutrition), and only 8 of them cannot be made by the body (we must ingest them) which is why they are called essential.
The 8 essential amino acids are:
Lysine~aids in production of antibodies, hormones and enzymes as well as ensuring adequate calcium absorption and helps to for collagen. Tryptophan~a natural relaxant , helps to relieve insomnia, anxiety and depression. Methionine~main supplier of sulfer to prevent hair, skin and nail disorders also helps regulate kidney and liver functions. Phenylalaine~produces norepinephrine (a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells and the brain) and reduces hunger pains. Threonine~helps the digestive and intestinal tract function. Valine~promotes mental vigor, muscle coordination and calms nerves. Leucine & Isoleucine~both provide the body with the ingredients needed for manufacturing essential biochemical body compartments, some of which produce energy, alertness, and they stimulate the upper part of the brain.
Any kind of stress to the body can adversely affect your body and lower your amino acids in your body. Therefore, you must increase those amino acids your body needs. You can take supplements or you can get those by way of what you eat. Bragg’s liquid aminos is a certified Non GMO liquid protein concentrate. Bragg’s liquid aminos contain 16 of the 20 amino acids our bodies need…and 7 out of the 8 essential amino acids!! All in one “food”. The Liquid amino’s taste just like soy sauce and will replace your tamari or soy sauce! Add it to your stir fry…or just add to vegetables as a dressing. Add to soups, sauces and gravies. This is one of the first products I had tried when switching over to a plant based diet…give it a try~you won’t be sorry!!