Protein is essential for growth and maintenance of our bodies. Proteins are broken down into amino acids. There are non-essential amino acids that our bodies can produce, and essential amino acids that we must get from our diet.
Essential amino acids include:
Deficiencies in amino acids lead to specific symptoms:
Deficiency of tryptophan leads to deficiency in serotonin and melatonin, both important neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Without enough serotonin or melatonin, you can experience depression, confusion, insomnia, and anxiety.
Deficiency of phenylalanine, leucine, isoleucine, and valine leads to loss of muscle mass.
Deficiency of lysine and methionine means you cannot produce enough carnitine, which leads to fatigue and inability to move toxic waste from your cells.
Methionine is also needed to produce cysteine, which is needed to produce glutathione which repairs and detoxifies cells. If your cells are not…
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