Today we’re bringing you Part 2 of our Amino Acid series and our topic is Essential Amino Acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins that help energize the body and maintain all cellular function. Essential amino acids are those that our bodies cannot produce on their own but our indispensible to our health. Therefore, we must get them from food sources.
One of the very best ways to get all amino acids, including all nine essential amino acids, is with Moringa. As we discussed last month, Moringa is a whole food phyto-nutrient source of amino acids. Having a balance of amino acids in your daily diet helps your body operate at its best. But essential amino acids are most important because food is the only way for our bodies to get them. Beyond Moringa, additional sources of essential amino acids include poultry, beef, milk and other dairy products, beans and nuts.
Today we’re examining what each of the nine essential amino acids are and what they do for our bodies:
Histidine: Histimine is the decarboxylation of the amino acid histidine. Histimine resides in body tissue, especially concentrating in the lungs. It helps regulate blood pressure through dilation of capillaries, increases the heart rate as the body deems necessary, contrasts muscles including those that support the lungs and aids in the digestion and excretion.
Isoleucine and Leucine: These amino acids are similar in make-up and are vital to the structure and function of proteins. Proteins build and support every bodily system, muscles, organs, tissues, cells and blood. When broken down, both isoleucine and leucine can produce energy.
Lysine: Also known as L-lysine, this essential amino acid helps growth and development through collagen and carnitine, which converts fatty acids into usable energy. It also helps the body absorb calcium, helps to lower cholesterol and may help treat viral infections.
Methionine: With antioxidant-like properties, methionine can help the body defend against foreign substances and free radicals. It also helps produce important proteins and hormones that maintain a healthy metabolism and stabilize nerves and blood pressure when the body is faced with potential stressors.
Phenylanlanine: Tyrosine is the biproduct of phenylanlanine and is an important element for cognition, mood, memory and other behaviors controlled by the brain. It’s a natural mood elevator and may help prevent degenerative brain conditions and chronic pain.
Threonine: Attribute healthy bones, teeth and strong immune systems to this essential amino acid. Additionally, Threonine helps muscular and tissue functions because it is high in collagen and elastin. It also supports neural health.
Tryptophan: The key ingredient in making serotonin, tryptophan is known to help elevate and regulate mood. In some cases it can cause drowsiness as well. Tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP and then serotonin upon digestion. Serotonin helps transmit messages between nerve cells and narrows blood vessels.
Valine: This amino acid stimulates muscle growth and boosts energy by supplying extra glucose to muscles and blood, especially during physical activity. It also aids the nervous system and brain function, in addition to supporting the immune system.
Ensure you are getting all of your essential amino acids by taking your daily dose of Moringa!