Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Limiting Amino Acids

The term "essential" refers to a specific nutrient that the body is not capable of producing, but does not require.If the essential nutrient is not supplied through diet or supplementation, a deficiency for that particular nutrient may occur.

As with protein synthesis, if one amino acid is supplied in a smaller amount than necessary (i.e., incomplete proteins or low-quality protein), then, the total amount of protein that can be synthesized from other amino acids will be limited. When this occurs, body protein-synthesis is restricted. If one essential amino acid is completely absent, however, the other amino acids can not be utilized and are therefore, wasted by the body.

Daryl Conant. M.Ed


  1. Low quality protein is processed protein sources (deli meats, canned meats, etc), over cooked protein,