Amino acids (AA) are defined as organic substances containing both amino (NH2) and acid groups (CO2H). The way amino acids function is based on the differences in their side chains.

All 21 amino acids and their by products are required for normal cell function. Abnormal metabolism of an AA disturbs whole body functions, impairs growth and development, and may even cause death. Amino acids are grouped as eight “nutritionally essential,” two ”conditionally essential,” and eleven that are considered non-essential because your body can manufacture them. However, this last group can be “essential” under certain conditions.

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