Protein: A Chemical Breakdown

Protein : A chemical breakdown

All protein in your body is made up of amino acids. It is estimated that the human body has the ability to generate over 1 million different types of proteins. Believe it or not, 10,000 different proteins may exist in a single cell of your body AND each one requires a different arrangement of amino acids.

There are a total of 22 different types of amino acids. The body’s cells connect these amino acids to create each specific protein. Your body efficiently assesses with precision which protein is needed and produces it.



What are amino acids?  There is no satisfying or simple answer here. They are an organic compound that is literally found and used in almost every process in our body. It contains Amine, A Carboxyl Group (way to take you back to Biology), and one of many varying chains. But as it relates to protein we have simplification:

Nine  ESSENTIAL amino acids: They’re called Essential because your body can’t make them, leaving food as your only source, making your choices more critical than ever. Click the links to find out specific food sources

  1. Histamine:  histamine intolerance
  2. Isoleucine: Foods
  3. Leucine: sorry 😉
  4. Lysine: High Lysine Foods
  5. Methionine: High Methionine Foods
  6. Phenylalanine: High Phenylalanine Foods
  7. Threonine:
  8. Tryptophan: High Tryptophan Foods
  9. Valine: High Valine Foods


NON-ESSENTIAL Amino Acids: Yes, you guessed it. They’re not essential. Ha! But, the good news is your body can make them if you consume enough of the 9 essential amino acids during the day.  See Protein in Foods.

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