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"Essential amino Acids Amino acids are the basic chemical "building blocks" of life that are derived from dietary protein that is broken down into individual amino acids by the body. The body then reassembles the amino acids into new and vital structures that are essential to produce protein structures for genes, enzymes, hormones, body fluids, and neurotransmitters (Clayman 1989). A deficiency in essential amino acids can negatively affect protein synthesis. Exposure to pollution, chemicals and agricultural pesticides are environmental sources that contribute to a deficiency of amino acids."
- The Life Extension Editorial Staff, Disease Prevention and Treatment (Get the book.)

"The problem is, however, that amino acid imbalance can be just as damaging as amino acid deficiency. Animal studies have shown that the ratios of essential amino acids in the diet are as important as the absolute amount of each. If a single amino acid, such as lysine, is being systematically destroyed by food processing, then ingesting more of all of the amino acids will not correct a relative lack of lysine. It is therefore possible that millions of Americans are mar- ginally deficient in lysine, even if their diet is high in protein."
- Alan Gaby, Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis: What You Can Do About Bone Loss (Get the book.)

"Peptides are chains of amino acids often used in anti-wrinkle products. One expensive anti-wrinkle cosmeceutical, StriVectin-SD, aggressively marketed as an "Anti-Aging Breakthrough" and "Better than BOTOX," is based on a chain of amino acids known as Pal-KTTKS (sold under the trade name Matrixyl). In the product, Pal-KTTKS is chemically linked to palmitic acid, a penetration enhancer that drives the peptide deep into the skin. StriVectin-SD is claimed to increase skin's strength by stimulating enzymes to produce more collagen, thus reducing wrinkling."
- Samuel S. Epstein, Randall Fitzgerald, Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Endanger Your Health . . . And What You Can Do about It (Get the book.)

"Proteins from different food sources contain different amino acids. Twenty-two of these amino acids are used in the body in different combinations to make the body's own proteins, such as muscle, and for all the other activities outlined above. The amino acids can be divided into two broad types—non-essential amino acids and essential amino acids. Non- ESTIMATED PROTEIN NEEDS (kg body weight x 0.75) Body weight 113 lb (51 kg) 125 lb (57 kg) 140 lb (63.5 kg) 154 lb (70 kg) 169 lb (76.5 kg) 183 lb (83 kg) 196 lb (89 kg) 210 lb (95."
- Judith Wills, The Food Bible (Get the book.)

"Casein and whey exert different effects on plasma amino acid profiles, gastrointestinal hormone secretion and appetite. Br Nutr 2003 Feb; 89(2):239-48. Hama T et al. Intestinal absorption of beta-alanine, anserine and carnosine in rats. /Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo) 1976; 22(2): 147-57. Harper CR, Jacobson TA. The fats of life: The role of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of coronary heart disease. Arch Intern Med200\; l6l(18):2185-92. Harris WS. Extending the cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Curr Atheroscler Rep 2005 Sep; 7(5):375-80. Haupt E et al."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Whole grains have complex carbohydrates that supply a steady flow of energy rather than the spike and crash of simple sugars, and they're necessary to transport amino acids such as tryptophan into the brain. As you learned in chapter 4, tryptophan is a precursor necessary for the production of serotonin, and it and other important amino acids come from protein. The brain is made up of more than 50 percent fat, so fats are important too, as long as they're the right kind. Trans fat, animal fat, and hydrogenated oils gum up the works, but the omega-3s found in fish are enormously beneficial."
- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"There is another delicate enzyme with a formidable name—dimethyl arginine dimethyl amino hydrolase, or DDAH—that destroys ADMA, in order to favor production of nitric oxide. But the usual cardiovascular risk factors (high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high homocysteine, insulin resistance, hypertension, and tobacco use) all impair the ability of that delicate enzyme to destroy ADMA. NO (Nitric oxide) Nitric oxide synthase CrnZI DDAH (Dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase) Oxidative stress and all \ / major cardiovascular risk factors /\ destroy DDAH Figure 6."
- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Get the book.)

"Since proteins cannot pass directly into the brain, your brain makes it own, using the substances that do cross the blood-brain barrier, namely amino acids. amino acids are the basic structural units of proteins, which combine together like beads on a string. When you eat protein, say, in soybeans or steak, your intestinal tract and liver digest it, breaking the protein's long strings of amino acids into individual amino acids, which circulate in your blood. Like glucose, these lone amino acids can enter the brain, which then assembles them to make the specific proteins it needs."
- Guy McKhann, and Marilyn Albert, Keep Your Brain Young: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health and Longevity (Get the book.)

"When you go to the health store and pay good money for largely useless amino acids, you will notice that the label says L-leucine. The L stands for left. There is no R-leucine for sale, and if there were, it would do you even less good than the L flavour because the enzymes that use it to make things have chiral binding sites. In fact, R-leucine, like all R amino acids, is likely to be either toxic or useless. amino acids are the beads making up the receptors, and we only use L forms. Making an exact mirror-image OR site to match the RO is * John Leffingwell and his company (www.leffingweU."
- Luca Turin, The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell (Get the book.)

"The composition of valerian includes sesquiterpenes of the volatile oil (including valeric acid), iridoids (valepotriates), alkaloids, furanofuran lig-nans, and free amino acids such as y-aminobutyric acid (GABA), tyrosine, arginine, and glutamine. Valerian administered to animals shows sedative effects. Valerian is often combined with passionflower and St.-John's-wort for treating anxiety or sleeplessness. A number of studies in humans have shown that it significantly decreases the time it takes to fall asleep and improves sleep quality when compared to a placebo."
- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"Special amino Acids Special amino acids of specific interest in regard to growth and development, metabolism, and protection from environmental chemicals as well as a variety of diseases. They include arginine, the branched-chain amino acids, gluta-mine, lysine, methionine and cysteine, and taurine. Arginine Arginine is an amino acid that plays an important role in wound healing, detoxification reactions, immune functions, and promoting the secretion of several hormones, including insulin and growth hormone."
- Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (Get the book.)

"Since enzymes are proteins, they are built using amino acids. A diet rich in amino acids (found in beans, corn, meats, nuts, seeds) ensures you have the nutrients needed to build these enzymes. There is yet another important factor involved in your ability to get bone-building About 70% of North American adults suffer nutrients to your bones pro from maldigestion, malabsorption, digestive' biotics. Probiotics influence illnesses and unhealthy bacteria in the the absorption of nutrients digestive tract. involved in bone health."
- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Since proteins cannot pass directly into the brain, your brain makes it own, using the substances that do cross the blood-brain barrier, namely amino acids. amino acids are the basic structural units of proteins, which combine together like beads on a string. When you eat protein, say, in soybeans or steak, your intestinal tract and liver digest it, breaking the protein's long strings of amino acids into individual amino acids, which circulate in your blood. Like glucose, these lone amino acids can enter the brain, which then assembles them to make the specific proteins it needs."
- Guy McKhann, and Marilyn Albert, Keep Your Brain Young: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health and Longevity (Get the book.)

"It has been found that the amino acid mix in vegetable protein, although complete, is slightly different than, and offers certain advantages over, animal protein. Specifically for diabetes, vegetable protein positively affects many aspects of our metabolism, including the improvement of insulin sensitivity and the reduction of toxic reactions.3 Simply changing the excess of calories in the diet and improving the ratio of protein to carbohydrates and fat according to your constitution can actually improve the regulation of blood sugar levels."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Foods, Juices, Herbs, Vitamins, and Minerals-An Eloquent Healing Message The results summarized above were achieved by a very conscious choice of foods and their juices, herbs, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and enzymes. The incredible resolutions of the diabetic physiology to a nondiabetic physiology have as much to do with what we did include, as what we removed from the diet and lifestyle."

- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Sulfur You will recall that the sulfur-containing amino acids were listed among the important antioxidants. amino acids are the building blocks of protein; everything from lamb chops to fish to cheese to your own tissues represents a collection of amino acids. Your sulfur supply ordinarily comes from protein foods which contain the types of amino acids which in turn contain sulfur. There are four of these, one which is obtainable only from the diet and three which are made from that one, in the body."
- Carlton Fredericks, Ph.D., Breast Cancer: A Nutritional Approach (Get the book.)

"Carnosine and Its Precursors Carnosine is a molecule (dipeptide) composed of two amino acids, beta-alanine and histidine. Carnosine is valuable because it helps inhibit accelerated aging by interfering with glycation, thus protecting against glycation-induced damage and acting as an antioxidant to fight oxidative stress. Evidence of carnosine's antiglycation abilities has been seen in several studies. In one recent example involving human cell cultures, carnosine protected against damage to kidney cells from high glucose levels."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Beanpod Tea contains the amino acids tyrosine, tryptophan, and arginine, plus the B vitamin choline and the enzyme betaine. Patience is the key word in the usage of this tea. Most people will not experience instant relief with the usage of this tea. Diabetics must drink Beanpod Tea on a regular basis for approximately three months in order to help normalize their blood sugar levels.169 KIDNEY BEAN According to John Heinerman, kidney bean pods are effective in lowering elevated blood sugar levels."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Insulin also plays a major role in how the body uses amino acids to build proteins, and it helps stimulate growth and tissue development by preventing the abnormal breakdown of proteins, fats, and the storage form of glucose, called glycogen. Beta cells can sense the amount of glucose in the blood. When they sense that blood glucose levels are rising, which occurs after eating, they secrete more insulin into the bloodstream so it can signal, for example, muscle cells to "take up" glucose (allow glucose to enter the cell through the cell membrane)."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Carnitine Carnitine is a derivative of the amino acids lysine and methionine. It is involved in energy production and specifically assists with the oxidation of glucose. Several published scientific studies have shown that carnitine supplementation supports insulin sensitivity and optimizes blood glucose levels. Carnitine has also been shown to decrease fat levels in muscle. A study conducted by experts at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, showed the benefits of taking carnitine for metabolic health."

- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Olives are rich in monounsaturated fat, with high proportions of essential amino acids, vitamins E and A, beta-carotene, calcium, and magnesium. COCONUT OIL Mature coconuts are used in the creation of health-enhancing coconut oil that is mostly solid at room temperature, so it is often referred to as coconut butter. Raw, unprocessed coconut oil smells fragrant like fresh coconuts, while most commercial coconut oils, including the brands commonly found in health food stores, are often deodorized and heat-processed, and therefore are not recommended."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Often, just a simple blood test will show if your child is deficient in a particular vitamin or mineral or amino acid or protein. Start there. If you can rule out any deficiency, then you can go to the next stage of investigating the issue. Sometimes, the solution can be as simple as taking a dietary supplement to correct the deficiency. Because most children today live off junk foods, these deficiencies are more common than you think."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Methionine: An essential amino acid that supplies sulfur and other compounds required by the body for normal metabolism, growth, and detoxification. Methylation: The transfer of a methyl group to another molecule. It can enable the body to detoxify itself, particularly from heavy metals. Methylcobalamin: A particular form of vitamin B-12 that is uniquely helpful in detoxification and neurological disorders. Methylphenidate: The most common class of ADHD drugs, including Ritalin."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"This nutrient is a form of the amino acid tryptophan, which is the primary nutritional precursor of the calming neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin levels are frequently low in children with ADHD and autism, and this supplement can sometimes help increase these low levels. 5-HTP is considered by some to be a reasonable natural alternative to the pharmaceutical drugs that increase serotonin activity. These drugs, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are known more commonly as antidepressants."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"His muscles also bulked up, as he began to more efficiently process the amino acid creatine, the muscle-building protein that's often low in autistics. In 2004, when Kyle was eight, Eric and Elizabeth took him to the Mayo Clinic, to confirm what they felt they already knew: that Kyle was no longer autistic. Supposedly, even by this relatively late date in the development of the biomedical treatment of autism, that degree of full, robust recovery was still relatively uncommon. Even so, Eric and Elizabeth were certain it had occurred. Parents know."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"A peptide is any compound consisting of two or more amino acids. amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. The union formed is called a "peptide bond." Peptides are combined to make proteins. What they found was that every neuropeptide receptor they could find in the brain was also on the surface of a specialized form of white blood cell called the human monocyte. It identifies and digests foreign bodies. It is also responsible for wound healing and tissue-repair activity. They also found that the monocyte has receptors for peptide opiates, such as PCP."
- Richard, Dr. DiCenso, Beyond Medicine, exploring a new way of thinking (Get the book.)

"This supports the claim that nutritionally oriented doctors including orthomolecular psychiatrists have been making for many years now: folic acid prescribed in megadoses appears to be a stimulating antidepressant for some patients. The amino acid tryptophan can be another key substance in the treatment of depression. According to Dr. Goldwag, tryptophan helps to raise the levels of serotonin, a naturally occurring chemical in the brain that has been found to be abnormally low in depressed people. "
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"Key ingredients include the B vitamin pantothenic acid, the amino acid L-theanine, and extracts of banaba, Rhodiola rosea, ashwagandha, and eleuthero root (a form of ginseng). SLEEP TIGHT Our knowledge about the power of sleep has gained more clarity in recent years. A new public interest in sleep ignited in late 2004 when scientists demonstrated a strong connection between one's sleep patterns and ability to lose weight, which ignited a new public interest in sleep."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"While these surveys look for common deficiencies such as iron; calcium; zinc; potassium; iodine; magnesium; selenium; manganese; vitamins A, C, E, Bt (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and B6; folate (folic acid); and iodine, they ignore equally important nutrients such as essential fatty acids and the amino acids critical to proper detoxification. As you begin to remove toxins from your body, you'll want simultaneously to replenish your cells with as much good nutrition as you can get from both your regular diet and supplementation."

- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"These studies show the importance of supplementing amino acid precursors to raise serotonin and dopamine levels. The sublingual delivery system is easier to follow and more efficient with fewer side effects. Study 1: Clinical Symptom Improvement Study Forty-two clients were followed over five weeks while using neurotransmitter supplement lozenges. Participants completed a fifty-one-point questionnaire relating to common signs and symptoms of serotonin and dopamine deficiencies. We were especially interested in symptoms relating to their appetite, cravings, snacking, energy, and mood."
- Cheryle Hart, M.D., and Mary Kay Grossman, RD, The Feel-Good Diet (Get the book.)

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