Amino Acids 101

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Amino Acids are an essential part of a good diet, and are found either already in the body, or in the foods we eat. They are defined as an organic compound containing an amino group, a carboxylic acid group, and any of various side groups that link together by peptide bonds to form proteins or that function as chemical messengers and as intermediates in metabolism.

Amino Acids carry out a slew of functions within the human body. Some are used for muscle building and repairing cells and tissues, others aid in brain function and immune system function, and others boost energy levels (great for pre-workout in lieu of a Monster). The human body produces 10 of the 20 essential amino acids, meaning you must eat or supplement the other