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Amino Acids

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE

Every living cell uses amino acids to build proteins and they govern every metabolic process in the body. Amino acids are primarily made up of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. Hundreds of amino acids have been discovered in nature but there are 20 primary or alpha amino acids, without which all life would cease to exist. Plants and various other organisms can produce all of them from scratch. However, humans and animals can only produce some of them organically and must consume the others through a daily diet. These are classified as essential amino acids and if the body fails to obtain enough of even one of them, it begins to deteriorate.

HyproFeed contains 15 of the 20 alpha amino acids, namely alanine, arginine, asparagine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, histidine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, tryptophan, and valine. The pH scale measures acidity on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral, lower numbers being acidic and higher numbers being alkaline or basic. HyproFeed has has achieved a staggering pH score of 3.1 and just 100 grams of it contains over 10 grams or billions of lactic acid bacteria and amino acids. Continue →

Asparagine

The first amino acid was discovered in 1806 when French chemists, Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin and Pierre Jean Robiquet, isolated a compound from asparagus that was later named asparagine. It increases resistance to fatigue, improves the smooth functioning of the liver, and maintains equilibrium within the nervous system.

Cysteine

Cysteine is responsible for protecting the body from all harmful effects by building up white blood-cell activity. It is essential for the formation and detoxification of skin, the recovery of hair and nail tissue, and the manufacturing of antioxidants. It reduces the effects of aging and protects your brain and liver from damage inflicted by alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and radiation. Cysteine was discovered by English chemist and physicist, William Hyde Wollaston, who is famous for also discovering the chemical elements palladium and rhodium.

Leucine

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID

Leucine is designed to help regulate blood-sugar levels, promote the growth and recovery of muscle and bone tissues, and produce growth hormones. It was first discovered in its impure form within cheese in 1818 by French chemist, Joseph Louis Proust. Just a year later, it was discovered in its pure crystalline form within muscles and wool by chemist, Henri Braconnot.

Glycine

Glycine is essential for the development and quality of human skeletal muscles, tissues, and structural integrity, as well as for the synthesis of nucleic acids. The body would not be able to repair damaged tissues, and the central nervous system and digestive system would not be able to operate without Glycine. It was discovered in 1820 by French chemist, Henri Braconnot, when he broke down gelatin by boiling it with sulfuric acid.

Aspartic Acid

Aspartic acid is necessary for stamina, brain, and neural health. It is responsible for keeping the mind sharp, removing excess toxins from cells, strengthening the immune system, and generating cellular energy. It was discovered in 1827 by French chemists, Auguste-Arthur Plisson and Étienne-Ossian Henry, by breaking down the amino acid asparagine.

Tyrosine

Tyrosine supports neurotransmitters in the brain and helps produce hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, melanin, thyroxin, and triiodothyronine. It was first discovered in cheese in 1846 by German chemist, Justus von Liebig, who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry, and is considered the founder of organic chemistry.

Alanine

Alanine strengthens the immune system, protects cells from being damaged during intense physical activity, and serves as an important source of energy for muscles, the brain, and the central nervous system. It was first synthesized in 1850 by German chemist, Adolph Strecker, years before it was discovered in protein in 1875.

Serine

Serine is essential for brain development and metabolism. It plays critical roles in the synthesis of proteins, nucleotides, neurotransmitters, and lipids. Despite the fact that Serine is one of the most difficult amino acids to obtain from protein, it was surprisingly obtained quite early from silk in 1865 by German chemist, Emil Cramer, and later synthesized by eminent organic chemist, Emil Fischer and Hermann Leuchs in the early 20th century.

Glutamic Acid

Glutamic acid supports brain function and improves intelligence, which is why it is used to help treat Parkinson's disease, fatigue, mental retardation, schizophrenia, muscular dystrophy, and alcoholism. It was discovered within wheat gluten in 1866 by German chemist, Karl Ritthausen.

Phenylalanine

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID

Phenylalanine was discovered in the sprouts of the lupin plant in 1879 by chemists, Ernst Schulze and Johann Barbieri, and is imperative for mental health. Phenylalanine deficiency leads to low energy, memory problems, depression, confusion, decreased alertness, and lack of appetite.

Glutamine

Glutamine’s purpose is to protect the immune system, remove harmful toxins such as ammonia, and preserve intestinal health. It was discovered within beet juice in 1883 by German chemist, Ernst Schulze, and is the most abundant and versatile amino acid in the human body.

Arginine

Arginine is designed to strengthen the immune system, heal wounds, combat illnesses, release hormones, and remove ammonia from the body. It was discovered in 1886 within a lupine seedling extract by German chemist, Ernst Schulze.

Lysine

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID

Lysine is necessary as a building block for all proteins in the body. It helps build muscles and plays a major role in calcium absorption. Lysine aids in recovering from surgery or traumas and helps your body produce hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. It was discovered in milk protein in 1889 by German chemist, Heinrich Drechsel.

Histidine

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID

Histidine facilitates growth, the creation of blood cells, and tissue repair. It also helps maintain the special protective covering over nerve cells. The body metabolizes histidine into histamine, which is crucial for immunity, reproductive health, and digestion. The body also requires it to regulate and utilize essential trace elements such as iron, copper, molybdenum, zinc, and manganese. Histidine was discovered simultaneously but independently in 1896 by German biochemist, Albrecht Kossel and Swedish chemist and physiologist, Sven Gustaf Hedin.

Proline

Proline is necessary for the formation of bone, skin and cartilage, it strengthens heart muscles, and it is crucial for the proper functioning of joints and tendons. It is also essential for maintaining blood circulation and the appropriate pressure levels throughout the body. Proline was discovered in 1900 by German chemist, Richard Willstätter.

Tryptophan

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID

Tryptophan regulates your mood and is the essential building block of enzymes, structural proteins, serotonin, melatonin, and neurotransmitters. It promotes healthier and better quality sleep and combats depression and anxiety. Tryptophan was discovered in 1901 by English biochemist, Frederick Hopkins.

Valine

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID

Valine promotes muscle growth and tissue repair, increases energy, enhances endurance, regulates the immune system, and balances the amount of nitrogen in the body. It was discovered in 1901 by German chemist, Emil Fischer.

Isoleucine

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID

The three amino acids isoleucine, leucine, and valine constitute nearly 70% of all the amino acids in the body's proteins. German biochemist, Felix Ehrlich, discovered Isoleucine within the hemoglobin protein in 1903. It plays a key role in forming proteins, regulating blood sugar, breaking down food and providing energy while also aiding growth and healing processes.

Methionine

ESSENTIAL Amino ACID

Methionine produces important molecules, maintains normal cell functions, promotes growth, repairs tissues, increases the acidity of urine, improves wound healing, and treats different types of illnesses such as liver disorders. It was discovered in 1922 by American geneticist, Hermann Joseph Muller.

Threonine

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID

The last essential dietary amino acid to be identified was found in 1935 by American biochemist, William Cumming Rose. Threonine supports the central nervous system, maintains the immune system, combats depression, aids in building strong bones, improves wound healing, protects the liver, treats various mental disorders, and assists in the production of collagen, elastin, and muscle tissue.

Selenocysteine and Pyrrolysine

RARE AMINO ACIDS

These two are unusual genetically-encoded amino acids that are considered the 21st and 22nd amino acids in the genetic code. Selenocysteine was discovered by biochemist, Thressa Stadtman, and pyrrolysine was discovered by microbiologist, Joseph Krzyckil and chemist, Michael Chan.