Amino Acids are the building blocks of the body. We get amino acids through food or supplements. Amino acids support fat loss, build muscle, help with retention of muscle mass and enhance exercise performance, supports hair growth, maintains cartilage in joints and supports immunity. Only amino acids are capable of forming and repairing tissues, muscle, hair, skin and organs. Amino acids occur in varying amounts within different foods. Primarily meat, dairy, and seafood offer the best sources because they are protein rich but plants also provide a good source of protein for amino acids. Examples are lentils, soybeans, quinoa, tofu, buckwheat and various vegetables. If we do not have enough HCL in our stomach we will not optimally uptake the full amount of amino acids possible, even if we are eating enough of the proper foods. HCL breaks down the food so the nutrients can be properly absorbed. We can supplement with amino acids but this is best done with support from a nutritionist or doctor.
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