Amino acids are popularly referred to as "building
blocks". Amino acids are chemical units that makeup
proteins. They are composed of 16 percent nitrogen,
which creates the distinguishing difference between two
other basic nutrients, sugars and fatty acids. Because
proteins provide the structure for all living organisms
and amino acids are an essential component of protein, a
person can readily understand the importance of amino
acids to life in general and especially to a healthy
In contrast to water proteins makes up the second greatest portion of the person's body weight. This is an indicator of just how important proteins and amino acids are to the body. Proteins are substances, which make up muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs, glands, nails, hair, vital body fluids and bones. As you can see, proteins are really an essential component of all aspects of the body. Enzymes and hormones are actually proteins and as we know enzymes and hormones regulate all bodily processes.
Proteins form the structural basis of chromosomes through which our genetic information is passed from parent to offspring. Embedded in the cells DNA is the actual genetic code that represents instructions on how each cell should make it's protein.
Proteins are actually a chain of amino acids linked together. Each protein is composed of specific groups of amino acids and in a specific arrangement. In this way, each protein in the body is specifically designed to fit a specific need and as a result proteins and not interchangeable. Each protein has its own unique makeup and identity.
Indeed, in-take of nutritional supplements such as vitamins and minerals must be accompanied by amino acids in order to be a simulated and absorbed by the body. Even though vitamins and minerals may be absorbed by the body they lose their effectiveness if an absence of amino acids is present.
The actual process whereby amino acids create proteins is: we take in foods with dietary protein which is broken down into its amino acid forms which is than used by the body to build specific proteins as needed. From this vantage point one can observe the importance of amino acids as in vital nutrient.
Even in the brain amino acids are able to pass through the blood brain barrier. In the brain amino acids act as neurotransmitters which facilitate the transmission of chemicals from one cell to another, enhancing communication between cells.
Approximately 28 commonly known amino acids combine to create hundreds of types of proteins found in all living things. Certain amino acids, which are not produced by organs and glands of the body, are called essential amino acids. These amino acids must be obtained through ingesting of food material into the body. The essential amino acids include histidine, isoleune, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. The remaining amino acids are referred to as nonessential. This does not mean they are not essential, it merely means, that they do not need to be obtained through diet, because the body can produce them itself.
Because the process of creating proteins is through breaking proteins into amino acids and the assembly into other proteins is ongoing, it becomes very important for the body not to run short of enough material to break down for assembly.
From a manufacturing point of view it would be like running out of raw material used in preparation of products to be sold. A factory commits the ultimate sin if it allows itself to run out of raw material needed to produce its product. In the same fashion for individuals to allow the body to run out of the necessary proteins needed to be broken down and assembled into new and diverse proteins can create severe adverse conditions. Eating a well balanced diet is essential in feeding the human machine with the necessary proteins in order for it to continue to rebuild itself daily.
Nutritional supplements as sources for amino acids
Although it is not common to take supplements containing amino acids formulas, they are available. They are usually combined with other multivitamin formulas. Most amino acid supplements are derivatives of animal protein, yeast protein, or vegetable protein. When choosing amino acids supplements it is important to find supplements of amino acids in products made from a plant source.
Generally speaking, taking amino acids as food supplements should not be done for long periods of time. Typically it's a good idea to alternate individual amino acids that fit your needs and back them up with amino acids complex in supplemental form, taking the supplements for two months and then skipping two months. Many researchers warn against taking large doses of amino acids over extended periods of time and stress moderation is the key.
Sterolandia 50, available from the Camdeboo Health Products store, contains all the essential and non-essential amino acids vital for your health and wellbeing.
Read more about amino acids in Wikipedia.
Nutricare capsules consists of 600 mg plant sprouts in powder form containing Phytonutrients, Sterols/Sterolins, Digestive Enzymes, Vitamins and Minerals.
Sterolandia 50 capsules consists of 300 mg of Nutricare and 300 mg of Sutherlandia.