What are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are the molecules that make up protein.

In total their are 20 different amino acids. 8 of which cannot be manufactured in the body and must be obtained through diet.

These are known as Essential Amino acids. For children 9 amino acids.

The body needs all essential amino acids, these are complete acids can be obtained through:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Meats
  • Dairy (milks & cheese)
  • Soy beans

Some proteins are known as incomplete essential acids, this is because these proteins have missing amino acids;

  • Cereals
  • Legumes
  • Maize
  • Nuts
  • Whole grains

Combining two incomplete proteins together compensate for each other, therefor making a complete essential acid. Excessive protein consumption with not lead to muscular growth, it can damage kidney’s and lead to dangerous toxic ammonia levels in blood.

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