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Why Test for Amino Acids?

Summary

The Amino Acid Plasma 20 test is reviewed by Dr. Redmond. Each category is explained and the reasons for highs and lows are discussed.

Details

Amino acids, known as the "building blocks" of protein, are found in every tissue of the body. They play a role in almost every chemical process that affects both physical and mental function including the formation of ligaments, tendons, bones and antibodies, as well as fomation of enzymes and blood transport proteins. The two main categories of amino acids are essential and functional. The human body can synthesize all of the amino acids necessary to build proteins except for ten called the "essential amino acids". These ten must be included in the diet or supplemented to be in adequate supplies. Failure to obtain enough of even one of these essential amino acids has serious health implications and can result in degradation of the body's proteins. Muscle and other protein structures may be dismantled to obtain the amino acid that is needed. Functional amino acids include those involved in vascular function, neurotransmitter function, urea cycle and ammonia detoxification and sulfur amino acids.