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What Exactly Are Amino Acids?

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In basic terms, amino acids make up protein. They improve the ability to build and maintain muscles, and keep immune systems strong and running smoothly. Body builders and people who are fitness buffs make a point to consume high amounts of protein and amino acids.

If your servicemember is preparing for, or currently undergoing, training regiments, amino acids will help the body run like a well oiled machine.

There are 20 amino acids, some of which your body can’t produce, and some of which it can. As a child grows, they require higher levels of amino acids. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding also require higher levels.

These little guys are also versatile in their health benefits. Various amino acids are used to treat low sperm count, treat physical pain (such as arthritis), treat depression and have been shown to keep brain function sharp.

If you’re feeling fatigued, unfocused or uninterested, try increasing your lysine intake with foods like fish, milk, eggs and red meat.

Experiencing depression?  Tryptophan may help. Cheese, turkey and nuts are great sources of this amino acid.

The type that helps keep your brain sharp is histidine. Meat, rice and wheat all have histidine.

Spinach (and other leafy greens), turnips, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers are spectacular veggie sources of amino acids. If your MilFam has more of a sweet tooth, try to eat more melon, pineapple, apples, oranges and berries.

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