Amino Acids – Can they be a cure?

September 22, 2022

Amino acids are the building blocks that make up proteins. There are 20 different types of amino acids, each with a unique role. You consume amino acids in the food you eat. Cottage cheese or lentils, for example. Can amino acids be a cure for your ailments?
 
Modern medicine tends to chose chemicals to address medical problems. When things go wrong in your body, one line of argument is that it is your amino acids that have faltered. To be more specific, proteins are used for a host of functions in your body.
 
Not just building muscle, but digesting food, creating biochemical reactions. They also act as messengers, ferrying information within your body. So, the argument is that if something is wrong in your body, could it be the protein that is the problem? Is there some way for you to consume specific proteins that might help solve the problem?
 
The idea is not new. Amino acids have helped address anxiety and fibromyalgia. Glutamine has been used to treat an inflammation of the mucous membranes. Inflammation of that nature is often the outcome of chemotherapy. Before you go rushing to stock up on aminos, it is important to understand what you are doing.
 
Like with everything else, without supervision and guidance you can go wrong. Too much of any one amino will interfere with your health. Excess amino acids may cause issues such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. Excess leucine can interfere with insulin production in the pancreas. Excess phenylalanine can increase the risk of high cholesterol or diabetes.
 
While a deficiency in amino acids can lead to serious health problems, so can consuming too many. Especially if your chosen form are supplements. The field of using amino acids as a cure is an interesting area but still an emerging one. Over time, we will engineer our way to managing our proteins better.

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