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Amino acids are found naturally in the body. These are nitrogen-containing compounds that make up the structure of proteins and are said to be necessary to maintain a healthy metabolism. A separate analysis reveals that each individual amino acid can have a specialized function, but scientific evidence is not enough to prove that any amino acid can do its job without the help of others.

Essential Amino Acids

1. Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an amino acid that causes drowsiness after consuming a turkey. Tryptophan affects the level of serotonin in the brain, affecting mood, cravings, and your addiction propensity. Tryptophan also promotes the synthesis of melatonin and, therefore, can affect sleep cycles.

2. Lysine: Lysine studies show that this amino acid can positively affect inflammation and strengthen bones and joints, among other benefits. At the time of this writing, medical studies have shown that lysine can help with osteoporosis and herpes.

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3. Methionine: Methionine promotes the breakdown of fats and helps the digestive tract remove excess heavy metals from the body. Methionine is found in many formulas and supplements to cleanse the body, as it can be converted to cysteine, a precursor of glutathione (a tripeptide that plays a role in the metabolism of nutrients, the regulation of cellular events and is of primary importance in liver detoxification).

4. Phenylalanine: Phenylalanine is an amino acid that adversely affects people with PKU (phenylketonuria) and which makes up about 50 percent of the artificial sweetener aspartame. Many nutritionists claim that phenylalanine when isolated as a nutrient and consumed outside the balanced diet, can do more harm than good. Phenylalanine is a precursor to brain chemicals – norepinephrine and dopamine, which are associated with behavior and a tendency to addiction. It is recommended to consult a doctor regarding the effect of this amino acid on human health before taking it.

5. Threonine: Threonine is said to help in the production of collagen and elastin. Threonine can strengthen the immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and T cells and stimulating the growth and activity of the thymus.

6. Valine: Valine is one of three branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) used by the body as energy for muscles. It helps in muscle growth and recovery and helps balance nitrogen in the body. Like BCAAs, valine is said to work with leucine and isoleucine to blunt levels of cortisol in the body, the hormone responsible for muscle catabolism.

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