Amazing Amino Acids for Health

By on July 18, 2016

Amino Acids (AA) are the building blocks of proteins, hormones, neurotransmitters and antioxidants. AA are the fundamental components in the structure of every cell in the human body. 

These 20 amino acids are joined together in unique sequences to perform millions of biological functions from tissue repair to cognitive and neurological functions, and from the regulation of vitamins, minerals and hormones to their role in methylation and gene expression. 

Nine AA are referred to as “essential” as they can only be acquired through the diet.  The remaining 11 are synthesized in the body through the utilization of essential AA, and thus they are classified as “non-essential” amino acids.  Any amino acid missing or in short supply affects the availability of others and over time the deficit of these vital nutrients may create an imbalance in the body, leading to illness and disease. Conversely their ability to support the body and bring it back to a state of homeostasis (balance), health and vitality is well documented. 

Cardiovascular Disease
Taurine, L-Arginine and L-Citrulline are known to support healthy cardiovascular function. Taurine plays a key roll in the regulation of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. This can help stabilize the heart, as irregular heart beat is often linked to the dysfunctional mineral utilization inside and outside of the cells.  1000mg – 3000mg of Taurine daily has been shown to be effective in controlling irregular heart beat. Nature’s vasodilators are found in the amino acids L-Arginine and L-Citrulline.  Supplementation supports the production of nitric oxide which in turn regulates blood pressure. 

Neurological Health from ADD to Depression
There are also a number of amino acid precursors and derivatives that play an important role in maintaining neurological health. GABA and 5-HTP help to manage depression and anxiety disorders by either increasing inhibitory neurotransmitter activity (GABA) or increasing circulating levels of serotonin (5HTP). Amino acid precursors and neurotransmitters have been shown to be effective when included in a supplement regime for ADD and ADHD.  

L-Tyrosine – is a precursor to the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Minimal amounts of L-Tyrosine taken daily may support the production of this vital neurotransmitter, thought to be deficient in many ADHD sufferers.  

Glutamate – the latest research supports the finding that stimulating the excitatory neurotransmitter, glutamate, in the prefrontal cortex of the brain may be the key in controlling some cases of ADHD due to its interaction with dopamine. 

TMG – Trimethylglycine addresses the methylation needs of children for detoxification. Methylation is involved in the function of neurotransmitters, in controlling inflammation, in detoxifying the body via the antioxidant system and it also influences gene expression. 

A League of its Own
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC), possesses potent antioxidant properties; recognized as the reason for its diverse regenerative qualities in many diseases.  Recently, NAC has also been touted as a treatment option in numerous psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder and bi-polar disease, due to its antioxidant properties as well as several other very complex mechanisms.  It is a powerful mucolitic agent (loosens and clears mucous) and is used in the management of conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis, TB and cystic fibrosis, just to name a few.  As it is the precursor to the liver’s own primary antioxidant and detoxification agent, glutathione, it is commonly used in hospital emergency rooms as an antidote for acetaminophen overdoses.  

Due to the fundamental roll of amino acids in the structure of the human body, it is understandable why the medical and naturopathic communities are looking to these basic building blocks to play a major role in solving a variety of everyday health issues. 

Marva Ward is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and works for Puresource as the National Product Educator for the NOW brand of supplements in Canada. 

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