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Scientists have discovered more than 100 amino acids in nature. Of these, 20 stand out for their fundamental role in making human life possible. These compounds form the structures of proteins and control almost every cellular process within us.

Each amino acid is a uniquely structured precursor to a host of vital biological functions within the nervous and immune systems and major organs. The molecules facilitate the production of hormones and contribute to the muscular structure and wound healing. Tap into the unfolding mystery of these crucial components.

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1. Standard Amino Acids

An amino acid is a molecule with an amino group, a carboxylic acid group, and an R group. Each amino acid has a unique R group. Our bodies require 20 protein-building amino acids: the standard amino acids. Combinations of these substances comprise every protein necessary to maintain health.

When we eat foods that contain protein, the digestive system breaks down those proteins into amino acids. Our bodies then arrange the amino acids in different ways to work along various pathways and carry out countless functions. Deficiencies can cause health issues, including depression, digestive disorders, fertility issues, and reduced mental clarity.

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