Essential Amino Acids


amino-acids Amino Acids are essential for the body and most of us do not pay much importance to them. Here are some of the amino acids required for our body along with its sources.

Histidine: This is one of the amino acids, which help in the repair, protection, and growth of different body parts. It helps to form a layer around the nerves and produces gastric juices. It is found in food items such as meat, dairy, fish, eggs, rice, and wheat.

Phenylalanine: This acid is essential for the brain as it improves your mood and memory. It ensures the proper working of the nervous system and the production of Vitamin E in the body. Dairy products, nuts, avocado, seeds, and almonds are a rich source of this amino acid.

Lysine: Lysine is vital for the absorption of calcium in the body and facilitating development of the bones. In addition to this, it maintains the nitrogen balance in the body; helps generate antibodies, and controls the hormones.

Leucine: This is an important amino acid for those who suffer from diabetes or low sugar levels as it regulates the sugar level in the body. It aids muscle growth and the hormones related to it. Sources of leucine are soybeans, egg yolks, fish, lentils, almonds, milk, fish, and peanuts

Methionine: It helps convert the fat in the body and enhances the testosterone levels. It is also useful in treating depression, liver diseases, and arthritis. It can be found in fish, meat, eggs, beans, lentils, seeds, and yogurt.

Isoleucine: This is similar to leucine in that it regulates blood sugar levels and in addition helps hemoglobin formation and clotting of blood. Chicken, fish, eggs, cashews, liver, and lentils are the various food sources.

Threonine: This helps create collagen and elasticin, which are good for the skin and holds the cells together. It also helps in absorbing the various nutrients. It improves your overall immunity and functioning of the liver. This is primarily found in meat and in vegetarian dishes, dairy products are the main source.

Valine: Valine repairs and replenishes muscle cells, maintains nitrogen balance and regulates the use of glucose. Sources of Valine are meat, grains, dairy products, peanuts, and mushrooms.

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