Amino acids

About amino acids

Last update: 2.5.2017.

What are amino acids and why we need them

Supplement Watch - About amino acids

Essential amino acids

Nine of the amino acids are essential because they cannot be created by the body from other compounds. This is why they must be taken from food.

Nonessential amino acids

Thirteen of the amino acids are nonessential. This means they can be synthesized by the body in sufficient quantity to satisfy dietary needs. Some of the nonessential amino acids are conditionally essential.

Conditionally essential amino acids

Others amino acids may be conditionally essential for special reasons like age or medical condition.

External links

Wikipedia-Amino acid MedlinePlus-Amino acids