The Amino Acids Saga

THE 9 ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS

LEUCINE
Leucine helps to stimulate muscle strength and growth, and helps to preserve  lean muscle when dieting. Leucine provides the basic building blocks for muscle and helps to synthesise more. Leucine also helps to regulate blood sugar levels by moderating insulin into the body during and after exercise, and has a positive impact on our brain and neurotransmitters.Leucine is the main amino acid directly responsible for activating an essential compound in muscle called mTOR(mammalian target of rapamycin), which is directly responsible for up-regulating protein synthesis.

ISOLEUCINE
Isoleucine assists in production of nitrogen growth within the muscle cells, which is a large part of our structural and DNA makeup. Isoleucine is an isolated form of leucine that helps the body produce haemoglobin.

What is haemoglobin you may ask ?
Haemoglobin carries iron in the blood and regulates blood sugar which is burned for energy in the muscles during exercise.

LYSINE
Lysine is one of the main amino acids that is responsible for muscle repair and growth, and has also been shown to boost the body’s immune system. Lysine also helps the absorption of other minerals in the body and is needed for the synthesis of collagen which is the main element needed for the formation of connective tissue and bones in the body.

METHIONINE
Methionine is important for the growth of new blood vessels and muscle growth, and it, which is integral to tissue and muscle health.
Without enough sulphur in the body, people can be susceptible to arthritis, damaged tissue, and have trouble healing.
Methionine also aids in the production of muscle growth and the formation of creatine, which is needed for energy.
Methionine can also dissolve fat within the body and reduces fat deposits in the liver.

PHENYLALANINE
Phenylalanine is turned into the amino acid tyrosine within the body,
which is needed for ?
it is needed  to make proteins as well as  brain chemicals such as epinephrine, L-dopa, norepinephrine, and thyroid hormones.
Phenylalanine therefore has a large impact on our mood and mental health.

THREONINE
Threonine supports health function of the immune system, liver, heart, and the central nervous system. It is also needed to create glycine and serine, amino acids that are necessary to produce elastin, collagen, and muscle tissue. It is essential for the healthy working of the muscles, and help to keep them strong and elastic. Threonine also helps to build strong bones, and can help to accelerate the healing of wounds and tissue injuries.

TRYPTOPHAN
When tryptophan is absorbed by the body, it is eventually turned into serotonin – the chemical responsible for making us feel happy, is a neurotransmitter, and helps to lower stress levels and depression. Tryptophan is also known for inducing a relaxing effect on the body, and promotes healthy sleep patterns, as well as supporting brain function and nervous system function.

VALINE
Valine is essential for optimal muscle growth and repair. It helps to supply the muscles ith extra glucose responsible for energy production during physical activity, making it essential for endurance and overall muscle health. It also helps to smooth working of the nervous system and cognitive function, as well as curing metabolic and liver diseases.

HISTIDINE
Histidine supports brain health and neurotransmitters (in particular, the neurotransmitter histamine). It also helps to detoxify the body by producing red and white blood cells, which are needed for overall health and immunity. Histidine can even help protect tissues from damage caused by radiation or heavy metals.