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The Amino Acid Guide

L-Alanine

    Used as body fuel by tissues of the brain, nervous system and muscle
    Important in converting energy to stored energy in the body’s Kreb’s energy cycle
    Glycogenic (energy storage source of glucose by the liver and muscles)
    Important nitrogen quality for post-injury states
    Builds up the immune system, producing immunoglobulins and antibodies
    Metabolizes sugars and organic acids

L-Arginine

    Indispensable for optimum growth
    Stimulates the release of growth hormone
    Important to muscle metabolism; acts as a vehicle for transport, storage and excretion of
    nitrogen
    Increases muscle mass while decreasing the amount of body fat
    Plays an important role in post-injury problems such as weight changes, nitrogen balance and tissue healing
    Increases collagen, the main supportive fibrous protein found in bone, cartilage and other connective tissues
    Stimulates the Immune system
    Combats physical and mental fatigue
    Increases spermatogenesis
    Used in the treatment of hepatic (liver) disorders
    Transforms to L-Ornithine and urea
    Promotes the detoxification of ammonia which is poisonous to living cell

L-Aspartic Acid

    Increases resistance to fatigue
    Involved in the formation of RNA and DNA, the chemical bases of heredity and carriers of genetic information
    Salts of aspartic acid increase stamina and endurance
    Protects the liver and promotes normal cell function
    Builds up the immune system, producing immunoglobulins and antibodies

L-Glutamic Acid

    Especially important in brain metabolism
    Functions as a brain fuel serving as an excitatory neurotransmitter
    Combines to form L-Glutamine and in the process picks up ammonia radicals
    This the only method the brain has detoxifying ammonia
    Instrumental in the metabolism of amino acids
    Metabolizes sugars and fats
    Increases the blood sugar level; used in the treatment of hypoglycemia

L-Glycine

    Of special value as a source of creatine which is essential for muscle function, breaking down glycogen and freeing energy
    Produces glucogen which mobilizes glycogen (a stored energy source of glucose) from the liver
    Builds up the immune system, producing immunoglobin and antibodies
    Acts as a nitrogen pool for the synthesis of non essential amino acids
    Effective for hyperacidity (used in many gastric antacid agents)

L- Histidine

    Used in the treatment of allergic diseases
    Used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
    Effective in the treatment of ulcers of the digestive organs
    Important in the production of red and white blood cells; used in the treatment of anemia

L- Isoleucine

    Primarily metabolized in muscle tissue
    Essential to the formation of hemoglobin
    Should always be in well balanced proportion with L-Leucine and L-Valine
    Used in combination with L-leucine and L-valine for muscle and liver disorders

L-Leucine

    Metabolized in muscle tissue.
    Promotes healing of skin and broken bones
    Lowers elevated blood sugar levels
    Should always be in well balanced proportion with l-Isoleucine and l-Valine
    Used in combination with L-isoleucine and L-valine for muscle and liver disorders

L-Lysine

    Inhibits the growth of virus’s
    Used in the treatment of herpe’s simplex virus
    Produces L-carnitine which improves stress tolerance and fat metabolism and has an
    Anti-fatigue effect
    Promotes bone growth by helping to form collagen, the fibrous protein which makes up
    Bone, cartilage and other connective tissues
    Aids in the absorption of calcium

L-Methione

    Is lipotropic, preventing excessive fat buildup in the liver
    Helps prevent premature hair loss
    Interacts with other body substances to detoxify harmful compounds
    Is included in nutritional supplementation as an anti-fatigue

L-Phenylalanine

    Produces and maintains an elevated and positive mood, alertness and ambition
    Enhances learning and memory
    Produces neurotransmitters which control impulse transmission between nerve cells
    Is involved in dopamine transmission
    Used in the treatment of certain types of depression
    Suppresses appetite

L-Proline

    Promotes healing
    Glycogenic (energy storage source of glucose by the liver and muscles)
    A major constituent of collagen, the main fibrous protein found in bone, cartilage and other connective tissue

L-Serine

    Glycogenic (energy storage source of glucose by the liver and muscles)
    Builds up the immune system, producing immunoglobulins and antibodies

L-Threonine

    Is lipotropic, preventing fatty buildup in the liver
    Glycogenic (energy storage source of glucose by the liver and muscles)
    Essential to normal growth
    Generally low in vegetarian diets
    Builds up the immune system, producing immunoglobins and antibodies
    Is an important constituent of collagen and elastin proteins

L-Tyrosine

    Plays an important role in the function of the adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands
    Generates white and red blood cells
    Elevates mood
    Is used in the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia
    Produces Melanin, the skin and hair pigment
    Produces norepinephrine, an appetite inhibitory neurotransmitter that suppresses appetite
    Stimulates the release of growth hormone which causes muscle growth and reduces body fat

L-Valine

    Glycogenic (energy storage source of glucose by the liver and the muscles)
    Metabolized in muscle
    Should always be in well balanced proportion with L-Leucine and L-Isoleucine
    Used in the treatment of severe amino acid deficiencies caused by addictions

2 Responses to “The Amino Acid Guide”

  1. do you have any tips on diet for adrenal fatigue syndrome?

  2. Joel Owen says:

    i had an ulcer last year because i am fond of skipping meals and working too hard. it was quite painful,~*

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