M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics
Our body needs 20 amino acids to grow and function properly. Out of these, 9 amino acids are referred to as Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) as our body can not make them on its own hence we must obtain them through diet or supplement.
It is used by the body to make specific hormones and metabolites that affect kidney function, the transmission of nerves, stomach secretions and the immune system.
This anabolic amino acid stimulates muscle protein synthesis, prevents muscle breakdown and encourages insulin secretion to support healthy blood sugar levels.
It is essential for haemoglobin formation, red blood cells production, and detoxification of nitrogenous waste like ammonia.
Valine is one of three BCAAs that enhance energy, increase endurance, and aid in muscle tissue recovery and repair.
Tryptophan is an essential factor in mood, behaviour, cognition and maintaining a healthy nitrogen balance in the body.
Phenylalanine act as a precursor to certain vital neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine and tyrosine.
This sulphur-containing amino acid is required for tissue growth and formation, and absorption of some antioxidants.
This essential amino acid helps suppress anxiety levels by blocking the stress response receptors. Lysine is also believed to strengthen bone health by increasing calcium absorption and retention.
Threonine aids in creating collagen, elastin, and muscle tissue.