When people talk about the individual person’s body and their uniqueness, people tend to think of things like DNA and chromosomes, but the body is not made up of either. DNA is the blueprint of the body, but, just as you cannot live inside of the blueprint of a house, you cannot live as a giant mass of DNA. The wood and bricks of the body are amino acids and the proteins they make up.

DNA contain the instructions on how the amino acids and protein are to be assembled to create and maintain the body, which is important since the majority of your body (minus the water) is made up of over 50,000 types of protein. 

All proteins break down into small units called Amino Acids. These are the building blocks of protein and are the end products of protein digestion. Some of these proteins include enzymes, antibodies, skin, hormones, connective tissues, muscles and blood.

Amino acids pass unchanged through the intestinal wall and into the portal vein, then through the liver, and then into the general blood circulation. The tissues absorb the amino acids from the blood stream to make proteins. When specific amino acids are ingested in supplements form, their effect on tissues is more pronounced than when they are obtained from protein digestion that occurs with food intake. This pronounced effect is even further enhanced when specific amino acids are ingested between meals, thereby avoiding anabolic competition from other amino acids, fatty acids, sugars and other absorbable individual elements. This concentrated effect of selected amino acids in the blood stream allows tissues to more easily access and absorb the amino acids they need for protein production.

There are more than 20 different amino acids. The body can synthesize at least 12. Ten amino acids are known as “essential” because they cannot be manufactured by the body, but must be supplied in foods. These 10 are: arginine, phenylalanine, valine, lysine, tryptophan, threonine, histidine, leucine, methionine, and isoleucine. The non-essential amino acids can be made by the body from either the essential amino acids or substances.

Amino proteins have all the essential amino acids and are called “first-class” proteins. This classification can be misleading. Even though vegetable proteins often lack one or more essential amino acids, they have been classified as “second-class” proteins. If a person eats a good variety of vegetable proteins, however, they could obtain all essential amino acids. For example, brazil nuts, peanuts, and soybeans rank with animal proteins. Remember, millions of various races and tribes survive well in other parts of the world on legumes and vegetable proteins.

One or more amino acids are involved in every biochemical process in the body. This includes everything from the organ functions that digest the food you eat to the hormonal and nervous system commands performed in the brain. Because amino acids are used so often and in so many different places in the body at all times, it is extremely important to maintain the body’s supply of amino acids, in the right amounts and through the right substances to prevent deficiencies.

While your body is very good at making good use of what it is given, there are times when lifestyle and environmental factors like stress, illness, injuries, pollution and even exercise affect the way your body uses amino acids and they also affect which amino acids are needed most.

One amino acid can be involved in biochemical process in several places in the body, a deficiency or imbalance can create a broad range of symptoms, many of which may be symptoms associated with other conditions, diseases or illnesses. This means that some people who may be being treated from certain conditions, and aren’t responding, may in fact be suffering simply from an amino acid deficiency. 

For example, if you were low on tyrosine and tryptophan in your system, you may experience depression, mood swings, and have a tendency for substance abuse, as well as eating disorders. These also happen to be classified as symptoms of medical disorders, or even psychological diseases themselves, when in actuality they could simply be a deficiency or imbalance of tyrosine and tryptophan. This is why medicine should not focus on treating the symptom, but rather the source itself.

Something that is also important to understand about amino acids is that, just as DNA makes up a completely unique individual, the amino acid needs from person to person can be greatly varied. While one person may have no trouble absorbing enough lysine for their needs, this same amount of lysine may be completely insufficient for someone else, and as such the methods for supplementing this deficiency can vary as well, and for the same reason: genetic variability.   

Reasons that create amino acid imbalance are diet itself; eating too little/too much protein, right or wrong types of protein, life style and bad eating habits. Each body is different and high stress, hyperactive persons would, no doubt, use different or more amino acids than calmer personalities.

Here at the Center, we offer an Amino Acid Analysis. It is an extremely beneficial test that we highly recommend. It measures 40 amino acid levels in the body plus toxic ammonia levels. Deficiencies and abnormalities can be evaluated to determine a metabolic imbalance and show a blueprint of your body’s immune system, brain, kidneys, liver, etc. From this information and data, a complete individual program can be designed. This biochemical analysis, along with the necessary amino acids and other supplementary recommendations, help promote a healthier body, and retards the effects of aging. Some of the areas in which amino acid testing can be beneficial for are:

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Amino acids are critical components of a healthy immune system. They make up the cells, such as T-cells, white blood cells and immunoglobins that fight off infection.

DEPRESSION/PMS: Amino acids such as tyrosine and tryptophane act as neurotransmitters, sending messages to your brain. Levels of these and other neurotransmitting amino acids can affect anxiety, depression, bulimia, PMS, manias, phobias, insomnia and mood swings.

TISSUE REPAIR & PHYSICAL THERAPY: The Amino Acid Analysis can measure levels of breakdown products of muscle and connective tissue, as well as those amino acids needed for rebuilding. Monitoring these amino acids in patients with muscle wasting diseases, cancer, and those undergoing physical therapy can pinpoint areas in need of support.

FATIGUE SYNDROME: the Amino Acid Analysis can also provide important information if you experience chronic fatigue, or seem to have a difficult to diagnose illness. Patterns have been observed in the Amino Acid Analysis that relate to chronic viral infections to chronic states of malaise.

PRE-SURGICAL: Information from an Amino Acid Analysis 2-3 weeks prior to scheduled surgery can enable your physician to formulate a specific support program. This will not only prepare you for surgery, but also for optimum post-operative repair and recovery. 

Amino acids play an important role in keeping the body functioning at an optimum level and deficiencies and imbalances can really impede these functions. It is imperative that you have an analysis, which will discover the amino acids you need to supplement in order reach your health goals.