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Protein
Protein is in every living cell in the body. Our bodies need protein from the foods we eat to build and maintain bones, muscles and skin. When you eat foods that contain protein, the digestive juices in your stomach and intestine go to work. They break down the protein in food into basic units, called amino acids (uh-mee-no a-sids). The amino acids then can be reused to make the proteins your body needs to maintain muscles, bones, blood, and body organs.

Proteins are sometimes described as long necklaces with differently shaped beads. Each bead is a small amino acid. These amino acids can join together to make thousands of different proteins. Scientists have found many different amino acids in protein, but 22 of them are very important to human health.


Of those 22 amino acids, your body can make 13 of them without you ever thinking about it. Your body can't make the other nine amino acids, but you can get them by eating protein-rich foods. They are called essential amino acids because it's essential that you get them from the foods you eat.

Essential amino acids:

Isoleucine - Helps in the production of energy in the blood and helps in muscle recovery after exercise. Also plays a part in blood-clot formation.

Sources: almonds, cashews, chicken, eggs, fish, lentils, liver, meat.

Leucine - Leucine is necessary for the optimal growth of infants and for the nitrogen balance in adults. It appears to have no particular therapeutic role, but it is vital in supporting functions. Leucine lowers elevated blood sugar levels and is necessary in promoting the healing of bones, skin, and muscle tissue.

Sources: beans, brewer's yeast, brown rice bran, caseinate, corn, dairy products, eggs, fish, hemp seed, lactalbumin, legumes, meat, nuts, pumpkin seeds, seafood, seeds, soy, squash seeds, whey, whole grains.

Lysine - Lysine helps form collagen used in your bone cartilage and connective tissues. Lysine aids in the production of antibodies, hormones, and enzymes.Recent studies have shown lysine improves the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth.

Sources: meat (specifically red meat, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), nuts, eggs, soybeans (particularly tofu, isolated soy protein, and defatted soybean flour), spirulina, and fenugreek seed.

Methionine - Methionine helps in the breakdown of fats and thereby prevents the build-up of fat in the arteries, as well as assisting with the digestive system and removing heavy metals from the body since it can be converted to cysteine, which is a precursor to gluthione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying the liver.

Sources: meat, fish, beans, eggs, garlic, lentils, onions, yogurt and seeds.

Phenylalanine - is found naturally in the breast milk of mammals. It is used in the manufacture of food and drink products and sold as a nutritional supplement for its reputed analgesic and antidepressant effects. It is a direct precursor to the neuromodulator phenylethylamine, a commonly used dietary supplement.

Sources: beef, poultry, pork, fish, milk, yogurt, eggs, cheese, soy products,

Threonine - As an essential amino acid, threonine is not synthesized in humans, hence we must ingest threonine in the form of threonine-containing proteins. In plants and microorganisms, threonine is synthesized from aspartic acid via a-aspartyl-semialdehyde and homoserine.

Sources: cottage cheese, fish, meat, poultry, peanuts, sesame seeds, dry whole lentils.

Tryptophan - This amino acid is required for the production of niacin (vitamin B3). It is used by the human body to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is important for normal nerve and brain function. Serotonin is important in sleep, stabilizing emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis, etc.

It is further important in controlling hyperactivity in children, assists in alleviating stress, helps with weight loss and reducing appetite. It has also been found that people suffering from migraine headaches have abnormal levels of tryptophan, and in this supplementation may be helpful.

A shortage of tryptophan, combined with a shortage of magnesium may be a contributing factor to heart artery spasms.

Sources: chocolate, oats, durians, mangoes, dried dates, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, sesame, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, and peanuts.

Valine - It has a stimulating effect and is needed for muscle metabolism, repair and growth of tissue and maintaining the nitrogen balance in the body. Since it is a branched-chain amino acid, it can be used as an energy source in the muscles, and in doing so preserves the use of glucose.

Many amino acids become deficient with drug addiction, and here it also plays an important role and there are indications that it may also be beneficial in treating or reversing hepatic encephalopathy, or alcohol related brain damage, as well as degenerative neurological conditions.

Sources: cottage cheese, fish, poultry, peanuts, sesame seeds, and lentils.

Nonessential amino acids: Your body manufactures 13 nonessential amino acids, which aren't available from food: Alanine, Asparagine, Aspartate, Cysteine, Glutamate, Glutamine, Glycine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine, Arginine, Histidine.

 

We provide Amino Acids 4.25% to 10% with or without dextrose.

 

New Age Medical Clinic | (973) 313-0028 | 90 Millburn Ave., Suite 201 Millburn NJ 07041