Amino Acid Crash Course!

What are AA’s or Amino Acids?

Amino Acids are used in every cell of your body to build the proteins you need to survive. All organisms need some proteins, whether they are used in muscles or as simple structures in the cell membrane. Even though all organisms have differences, they still have one thing in common: the need for basic chemical building blocks which are provided by AA’s.

Liquid Amino Acids; Amino Acids (AAs) are the building blocks of protein, which is exactly what hair is; protein.

There are two types of amino acids:


1. Non Essential AAs – these are the kind that your body produces on its own.


2. Essential AAs – these are the kind that you must get from edible sources. Proteins such as chicken, fish, nuts, and (to a lesser degree) soy are all great sources for essential AAs.

Conclusively, all AAs are important for hair health, but the following ones play the most important roles in hair:

Essential Amino Acid:

Methionine:

  • A powerful antioxidant;
  • A good source of sulfur which helps in the prevention of hair, skin and nail disorders;
  • Prevents premature loss of hair;
  • Works in the body to detoxify several harmful elements;
  • Works as a good anti-fatigue agent;
  • Aids the breaking down of fats to prevent the buildup of fat in the arteries and liver.

Non essential amino acids:

Cystine:

  • Makes up 10-14% of the skin and hair, vital for healthy development of skin and hair;
  • Encourages better recovery from burns and surgical procedures.

Tyrosine:

  • Produces melanin, which is the pigment that gives the skin and hair its color;
  • Vital to the body’s overall metabolism;
  • Can improve your moods and is used to treat depression, insomnia, and anxiety.

While there are over 50 Amino Acids that can be found in traces of foods and in our environment, here are a list of 20 that are commonly found in your refrigerator and supermarket foods.

Alanine
Arginine
Asparagine
Cysteine
Cystine
Glutamic Acid
Glutamine
Glycine
Histidine
Isoleucine,
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Phenylalanine,
Proline
Serine
Threonine
Tryptophan
Tyrosine
Valine
Minor Amino Acids
GABA
Taurine

And I know you’re wondering why suddenly I’ve decided to blog about something so scientific and perhaps even odd to what I normally blog about… BUT (stay tuned to the next article(s) to find out, and you’ll be sure to thank me later!)

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