Last Updated on 13 April 2021 by Ray Plumlee
If you think of your body as a machine, then it only makes sense that your machine must have the right combination of parts to function at optimal levels. A huge part of that equation is essential amino acids and supporting nutrients. With a proper diet, and supplementation as needed, men over 60, can help support healthy tissue growth and make vital substances like insulin and antibodies.
What are Amino Acids?
Amino Acids are essentially the building blocks of protein. Separated into two categories – essential and non-essential amino acids, these protein making structures can be found within the body, and absorbed via a healthy diet.
The human body uses twenty amino acids in order to build the various proteins used in the body for growth, repair, and maintain healthy body tissue. Eleven of these amino acids can be made by the human body itself (non-essential), while the other nine (essential) come from the foods that we consume.
The 20 Amino Acids are:
11 Non-Essential Amino Acids:
What are the Benefits of Amino Acids?
Amino acids are used in the body to build protein and produce energy. While other amino acids fill non-have other roles, such as creating neurotransmitters and hormones. Sometimes the name “non-essential” can be confusing, because the acids are still essential to your body, but since your body produces these acids naturally they are not essential to your overall diet. Having the right amount of Amino Acids in the body can help strengthen muscles, prevent fatigue, strengthen the immune system, boost brain function, and even fight depression and digestive ills.
How to Take Amino Acids?
Amino Acids can be found in the foods we eat when consuming a healthy and balanced diet. However, at times it may be necessary to use supplements to increase the amount of amino acids in the body. As men get older the body’s capacity for absorption decreases, and the possibility of becoming nutritionally deficient increases due to factors such as: immobility, depression, lack of a proper diet, and digestive issues. Many patients find that a broad spectrum multi-vitamin is the best answer for supplementing Amino Acids that may be missing, and many foods are high in Amino Acids as well. Fortified breakfast cereals, red meat, Brazil nuts, fish, and dairy products, all contain essential vitamins and minerals.
A trip to the closest nutrition center, or even talking to your primary care provider, can provide you with many supplemental options. There are pills and gel caps, powders and drinks, and even protein bars and snacks, all that continue various Amino Acids and vitamins. Check with your doctor, and see what’s best for your specific needs, just don’t overdo it.