Why You Might Want an Amino Acid Diet Plan

An amino acid diet can be used for a range of different purposes, from body building to losing weight and helping people with a  deficiency in protein digestion. This article examines why you might want that ...

flower A diet of high amino acids can be used for a range of different purposes, from bulking up for body building to losing weight to helping people (especially young children) with a certain deficiency in protein digestion to get their needed proteins. It all depends on which amino acids are used and in what amounts.

Why they work

What makes a rightly managed amino acid diet so effective is the fact that amino acids are vitally necessary to our health and development. The brain neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, hormones, enzymes, cell membranes, connective tissues, and other biological aspects of ourselves absolutely require amino acids.

Essential and Non-essentials

There are two types of amino acids: essential and non-essential. Those considered "essential" are called so because our bodies can't make them and therefore we must ingest them by way of our diets.

The essential amino acids, in alphabetical order, are

  • isoleucine,
  • leucine,
  • lysine,
  • methionine,
  • phenylalanine,
  • threonine,
  • tryptophan, and
  • valine.
(There is also the amino acid histidine which is called "semi-essential" because although we need to ingest it, our body stores it so efficiently that it's not crucial to get food or supplement sources of it on a regular basis.)

If you go on an amino acid diet you could notice certain definitive results such as:

  • enhanced tissue or cellular repair, which could manifest in ways like faster recovery times after intense physical activity, increased energy and vitality, more youthful appearance, increased libido, and even the "curing" of certain medical conditions like gingivitis

  • faster wound healing with less scarring

  • enhanced athletic performance

  • accelerated metabolism

What's involved

To go on an amino acid diet would involve eating more beef, oily fish, and possibly cheese, fowl, pork, and certain legumes. In short, you would go on a high-protein and (probably) low-carb diet. It is also quite possible that you would, in addition, use amino acid supplements.


One of the most often used supplements is whey protein. Whey protein is a milk derivative with the cholesterol and lactic acid removed. It's used to speed up muscle building and physical endurance. Another one of the most often used supplements of this kind is creatine. Creatine occurs naturally in beef and, to a lesser extent, in oily fish. But when it is made into a supplement it becomes possible to ingest more of it, since the supplements don't make you full or put fats into you. Creatine is used to build muscle and metabolize fat in general and to enhance the speed and power of the "fast twitch" muscles in particular. So creatine might be used by people such as baseball players, football players, ice hockey players, and track sprinters, although it certainly can be used by "everyday people" who want to feel stronger and have more vitality while losing weight.

If you think an amino acid diet could be good for you, consult your doctor or a personal fitness trainer first. Too much protein can cause calcium loss, harm the kidneys, and increase the risk of cancer.

And if you choose an amino acid diet, don't overlook the other supplements you may need for a balanced diet. Total Balance from Xtend-Life offers special formulas especially for Children, Men and Women.

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