Amino Acids - The Building Blocks of Protein
The body is amazing in its structure and composition. It's built cell by cell, with each cell defined by it's job. Liver, kidney, heart, skin, brain and muscle are made of individual cells. The life and death of cells occurs with regularity, yet the body and each tissue and organ continues to function unless interfered with by disease.
How does this cycle of growth and continual productivity occur? It occurs through a well oiled machine dependent on proper nutrition, clean oxygen and plenty of fluids. While this may be a simplistic representation, within these elements and substances come the building blocks for protein which are involved in the production of hormones, muscle tissue and other types of cells.
These building blocks are proteins which are formed from amino acids. So exactly what are amino acids? There are 20 known amino acids; some of the most common are leucine, lysine and glycine. Most of the amino acids are produced by the body, however there are some that must be ingested through the food we eat, such as phenylalanine, valine and tryptophan. These are called essential amino acids which can only be found through eating certain types of food.