for the body to use the food that we eat, the body needs amino acids to make up
its necessary proteins. The proteins the body needs are not obtained directly
from the food we eat. Dietary protein is first broken down into amino acids,
which the body uses to build specific proteins, hormones, antibodies and
neurotransmitters it needs.
Aspartic Acid: Is a naturally occurring
nonessential amino acid, common form L(+)-aspartic acid. It is used as a dietary
supplement, detergent, fungicide, germicide synthetic sweetener base. Combines
with other amino acids to form compounds that absorb and remove toxins from the
Cystine and Methionine: Natural
chelating agents for heavy metals. They aid in producing beautiful skin.
Methionine can be substituted for choline which aids in reducing liver fat (lipotropic
agent) and protects the kidneys. It also builds new body tissue. A deficiency of
methionine may lead to fatty degeneration and cirrhosis if the liver.
Glutamic Acid: May serve as a brain stimulant. It
provides Y-Butyric Amino Acid (transmits nerve impulses to the brain).
Glycine: Serves as a stimulant to the brain. It also
aids in the healing of the swollen and infected prostate.
Histidine: Nonessential amino acid.
found abundantly in hemoglobin; has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid
arthritis, allergic diseases, ulcers & anemia. A deficiency can cause poor
Lysine: Builds new body tissue and also such vital
substances as antibodies, hormones, enzymes and body cells. Deficiency may cause
nausea, dizziness and anemia.
Phenylalanine: It cannot be metabolized if a
person is deficient in Vitamin C. It is a stimulant which sends impulses to the
brain, acts as an antidepressant and can raise blood pressure.
Proline: Is a non-essential amino acid which can be
formed from the amino acids, glutamate, ornithine, & arginine, or obtained
from protein foods such as meat, cottage cheese, & wheat germ. It is found
in high concentrations in collagen & is particularly important for
musculoskeletal health. Collagen is comprised of almost one third proline
residues. About half of your body's total proline is contained in collagen which
is the main supportive protein of your skin, tendons, bones, cartilage &
Vitamin C deficiency will cause proline to be lost in the urine because of
collagen breakdown. This is an early sign & precursor of degenerative
Serine: A silk protein, and is a nonessential amino
acid and can be synthesized in the body from glycine.Serine is
required for the metabolism of fat, tissue growth and the immune system as it
assists in the production of immunoglobulins and antibodies. Some derivatives
(e.g. ethanolamine) are also important components of the phospholipids found in
biological membranes. It is a constituent of brain
proteins and nerve coverings and is also important in the formation of cell
membranes, involved in the metabolism of purines and pyrimidines, and muscle
Threonine: Is another alcohol-containing amino acid
that can not be produced by metabolism and must be taken in the diet. This amino
acid plays an important role along with glycine and serine in porphyrin
metabolism. Threonine is incorporated into proteins and enzymes at a molar rate
of 6 percent compared to the other amino acids.
Tyrosine: Acts in regulation of emotional behavior.
Important in eventual synthesis of thyroxine thus aiding in prevention of
Tryptophan: Provides niacin which prevents pellagra
and mental deficiency. It regulates sleep. It is useful as a relaxant as well.
May also help alcoholics stay dry by relieving some of the symptoms of alcohol
related body chemistry disorders.
Valine: Deficiency results in negative hydrogen balance
in the body.
Four important functions of lipotropies (methionine--choline--inositol--betaine) 1. They increase production of lecithin by the liver. This helps to keep
cholesterol more soluble, thereby lessening cholesterol deposits in blood
vessels and also lessoning the chances of gallstone formation. (Gallstones
usually have a large percentage of cholesterol deposits). 2. They prevent accumulation of fats in the liver. Fatty liver is probably the
main reason for sluggish liver function. Methionine seems to act as a catalyst
for choline and inositol, speeding up their function. 3. They detoxify the liver. Methionine and choline detoxify amines which are
by-products of protein metabolism. This is especially important for persons on
high protein diet. 4. They increase resistance to disease. Lipotropics help to increase resistance
to disease by bolstering the thymus gland in carrying out its anti-disease
function in three ways. A) By stimulating the production of antibodies. B) By
stimulating growth and action of phagocytes, which surround and gobble up
invading viruses and microbes. C) By recognizing and destroying foreign and