Amino acids

What are amino acids? Why do I need them?

Amino acids are the basic building blocks of our body. Every cell in the human body contains amino acids and they are necessary for maintaining each and every cell and the storage of muscle water and fat. Amino acids make up protein, which means they are essential for many of the functions of the human body, such as muscle growth and repair, hormone regulation and even the immune system. Next to water, amino acids make up the largest percentage of the human body – being involved in the creation of DNA, muscle, organs and transporting nutrients around the body. They are crucial for all metabolic processes, and a lot of dysfunction in the human body can be traced back to an irregularity with amino acids.

Different amino acids are involved in different functions. For example, some amino acids are used to make up collagen, which creates connective tissues, and is more commonly known for its role in creating healthy hair, skin and nails. Another amino acid is important in creating histamine – which makes up part of your immune response. Yet another amino acid is involved in the process of making serotonin, which helps support and regulate mood. Many of the functions that we take for granted, such as oxygen reaching our blood cells – involve amino acids.

What are essential amino acids?

You may have heard the term ‘essential amino acids’ and ‘non-essential amino acids.’ The human body needs approximately 20 amino acids to function optimally, and – from regular food intake - produces all but 9 of the amino acids itself. These 9 are known as the essential amino acids. As the body cannot produce them on its own, it’s essential they be consumed as part of your diet. In order to make sure that your body is functioning optimally, it’s a requirement that it receives, as part of your diet, these amino acids that help it to grow muscle, heal, defend against illness, and support good mental health.

How can Enprocal help?

Whey protein is a complete source of amino acids, with an abundance of both essential and non-essential types. Enprocal’s main ingredient is whey protein, meaning you can readily and easily add these building block essentials to your diet through in any number of creative and tasty means. Enprocal is unflavoured, nutrient dense and easy to use. So while a balanced diet is essential for optimal health, Enprocal can assist in making sure that you are receiving all the amino acids your body needs.