They are termed proteogenic amino acids, because some 50,000 proteins, and over 15,000 known enzymes, in the human body are produced from various combinations of some or all of these 22 amino acids.
Eight, termed as “essential”, are Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine, and can NOT be manufactured by the human body .
Fourteen, termed as “non-essential”, are Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Aspartic acid, Cysteine, Cystine, Glutamine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Histidine, Hydroxyproline, Proline, Serine and Tyrosine can be manufactured by the human body.
Amino Acids …
-are the building blocks of the body
-form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses
-are part of the enzyme and hormonal system,
-build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA)
-carry oxygen through the body
-and are required for muscle activity
We do not need every essential amino acid in every bite of every meal we eat; we only need a sufficient daily amount of each amino acid. Plant-based diets contain such a wide variety of amino acids that vegans are virtually sure to get all of them.
Lunch: 1 Plantain, 1 Apple;
Dinner: Pasta & Sauce, Sweetcorn & Peas
Drinks: 3 cups of Coffee & Soy Milk, 75 ml Water
NOTE: Breakfast in bed thanks to our lovely daughter. I just couldn’t turn down the toast despite the margarine.