Amino acids are as vital as water to our bodies. They combine to form proteins that manage every bodily function, growth and development, tissue repair and the break down of food for nutrients and energy. Without them, life could not be sustained.
Today we’re exploring the importance of conditional amino acids. This sub-category of amino acids are usually nonessential, except when the body experiences stress and sickness. Then we cannot process them on our own and must find them in food sources, like Moringa. Moringa is what we like to call a complete amino acid superfood, meaning it contains all 23 amino acids. Whether you can synthesize them or not, in sickness and in health, Moringa is a fantastic resource for ensuring your body has all life-sustaining amino acids.
Here’s an overview of how the eight conditional amino acids support our bodies:
Arginine: Heart health and blood flow are dependent on nitric oxide, which is made from arginine. Nitric oxide regulates the expansion and contraction of blood vessels to keep blood flowing regularly. It is especially helpful for those with heart conditions, erectile dysfunction and vascular headaches.
Cysteine: With strong antioxidant properties, cysteine helps detoxify cells and protect against free radicals. It is also a catalyst for many metabolic processes. Cysteine is one of the amino acids that includes the element sulfer.
Glutamine: As the most abundant amino acid in the body, glutamine helps strengthen the immune system and is required for digestion and brain activity. It also detoxifies cells by removing ammonia waste. Because our bodies need a lot of glutamine, supplements are often required when someone undergoes stress, injuries, infections or surgery.
Tyrosine: This amino acid produces another amino acid, phenylalanine, which is responsible for making neurotransmitters for brain communication and mood regulators. Additionally tyrosine helps produce and essential hormones like those from the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal. And Tyrosine also makes melanin, which dictates skin pigment.
Glycine: Glycine is both an amino acid and a neurotransmitter. It helps create and distribute signals from the brain throughout the body. It is useful for memory and maintaining a healthy mental state.
Ornithine: The urea cycle is dependent on the amino acid ornithine. In the urea cycle, the liver converts toxic ammonia waste into urea that is then eliminated by the kidneys. Ornithine helps the kidneys detoxify the body. With less toxins, the body has more energy.
Proline: Helpful in reducing risk of heart disease, proline is believed to prevent the build-up of deposits in artery walls. This keeps blood flowing smoothly throughout the body. Additionally, it helps synthesize collagen, which keeps skin more supple to reduce the signs of aging.
Serine: Supporting mental and physical health, serine plays a big roll in the central nervous system. Among other functions, it helps makes phospholipids for cells, creates RNA and DNA, and contributes to immune and metabolic function. Serine is part of brain formation, including neurotransmission and mood.
So there you have it! We’ve laid out the significance of all 23 amino acids, all of which are found in Moringa. Whether essential, nonessential or conditional, we hope you take advantage of this complete amino acid superfood for your health and well-being.