Which Foods Contain Amino Acids?
Updated: Feb 25, 2022
The Ingredients That Work Together To Make It Happen
What are Amino Acids?
Amino acids are compounds that combine to make proteins. So they are in essence the building blocks of protein. Your body needs 20 different amino acids to function and grow, of these 9 amino acids are classified as essential meaning they cannot be made by the body and must come from food, namely histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
What do they do for me?
The body combines amino acids in various amounts of ways to carry out a range of important bodily functions e.g. protein synthesis, hormones and neurotransmitters, tissue repair and nutrient absorption.
What foods can I get Amino Acids from?
When you eat a food that contains protein, your digestive system breaks that protein down into amino acids. The best sources of essential amino acids are animal proteins like meat, eggs and poultry.
Amino Acids you can find in BioThrive Supplements
L-Leucine is an essential amnio acid. Leucine has potential benefits for weight, maintaining lean muscle mass and cholesterol levels as well as other reported health benefits.
Leucine has been associated with slowing muscle degeneration/ wasting, endurance, increased energy production, (used in the biosynthesis of proteins, increases protein and muscle); reduces hardening of
arteries, liver and kidneys.
Muscles/ Endurance / Energy
Acetyl L-carnitine - Building block for proteins (helps produce energy but does not make protein as it transports fats and enzymes central to fat metabolism into the energy producing structures of every cell). This form of carnitine has been associated with supporting mental health, depression, memory, dealing with shock, trauma, resilience, nerve pain.
It has also been shown to be important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes. Meat is a primary source of Acetyl L-Carnitine.
Mental Health / Brain / Nerve Function
An anti inflammatory, cardiovascular, organic acid which acts as a lipid/membrane stabilizer in the body and can aid various anti-oxidant defence systems. Heavily researched as an anti-diabetic compound due to its actions on organs of the body of most concern to diabetics (kidney, eye, nerve health) as well as controlling blood sugar while reducing some forms of insulin resistance.
Taurine is only found in meats and dairy.
Anti Inflammatory / Heart / Eye / Nerve Health