Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids

Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids

There are 20 amino acids required for adequate health. Some of these 20 amino acids are esseital amino acids as well a non-essential amino acids.

Essential Amino Acids – these are amino acids that cannot be synthesized by the body and have to be acquired through the diet.

Non- essential Amino Acids can be synthesized by the body.

Complete Protein

  • contain all 10 amino acids
  • proteins are derived from animal sources
  • Bears contain some complete proteins

Incomplete Protein

  • lack one or more of the essential amino acids 
  • most vegetable proteins are incomplete
  • Beans are an exception to this generalization

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