You have probably heard a lot of talk about
amino acids, especially if
you are involved in athletics. But what are amino acids, and why are
they so important?
by David Brant, who became a successful althlete in high school, has studied health and nutritional issues for over 15 years and personally uses many fitness ideas and supplements that he writes about.
According to the Science of Everyday Things, the answer to the question "what are amino acids?" is: "organic compounds made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and [in certain times] sulfur bonded in characteristic formations. Strings of amino acids make up proteins, of which there are countless varieties. Of the 22 amino acids required for manufacturing the proteins the human body needs, the body itself produces only 14, meaning that we have to meet our requirements for those other eight through nutrition."
... the body uses 22 amino acids to make 50,000
different proteins ...
To elaborate a little more, the human body uses 22 amino acids to make the 50,000 different proteins that people must have in sufficient abundance for optimal health. The eight amino acids that we have to consume through food products are the "essential amino acids", and these are the basis for the amino acid supplements that so many of us have heard about.
So, what are amino acids? They are simply biochemicals that your body cannot do without. Remember -- your body creates the 14 unlisted amino acids from the listed essential amino acids. When someone asks you "what are amino acids?", tell them "more than you probably think!"
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