Minerals Glossary

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A

Alanine

Alanine assists the body in the regulation of blood sugar levels. Alanine plays an important role when low sugar levels exist within the body by helping to breakdown glucose molecules into usable energy.

Arginine

Arginine supports the muscular system and is one of many components that make up creatine. Arginine supports optimal liver function, strengthens the immune system, heals injuries, and helps control cholesterol levels.

Asparagine

Asparagine supports normal nervous system functionality due to it's role in signal transmission between nerves. Asparagine is necessary for protein production and is involved in nitrogen transportation throughout the body.

Aspartic acid

Aspartic acid supports the synthesis of several other amino acids. Aspartic acid assists in maintaining central and peripheral nervous system health and is required for maintaining appropriate pH levels within the blood stream.

C

Cysteine

Cysteine promotes increases in the level of glutathione. Glutathione reduces the damage caused from free radicals. Glutathione assists in detoxifying the liver and promotes the excretion of heavy metals such as lead and mercury.

G

Glutamic acid

Glutamic acid stimulates the synthesis of gamma-aminobutryic acid (GABA). GABA helps balance excitatory signals. Glutamic acid assists in creating muscle proteins and in the metabolic processing of fats and sugars.

Glutamine

Glutamine, when converted into glutamic acid, is essential for proper brain function. Glutamine assists in the production of protein, is utilized as fuel for certain immune system cells, and aides in the removal of ammonia from the brain.

H

Histidine

Histidine is needed to produce histamine, a neurotransmitter that assists with sleep regulation, nerve suppression, and sexual function. Histidine also assists with the growth and repair of tissue and creates red and white blood cells.

I

Isoleucine

Isoleucine assists in the production and maintenance of proteins. Isoleucine supports hemoglobin and blood clot formation and stabilizes blood sugar levels. In combination with leucine and valine, it supports muscle tissue repair.

L

Leucine

Leucine supports the regulation and production of protein. Leucine assists in growth hormone production, immune system activities such as wound and infection healing, muscle tissue repair, and regulation of blood sugar levels.

Lysine

Lysine promotes the production of carnitine. Lysine supports the immune system, promotes collagen synthesis, enhanced absorption of calcium, general development and growth, and maintains adequate levels of blood cholesterol.

M

Methionine

Methionine supports the regulation of glutathione, which protects the liver from toxin damage. It prevents the accumulation of fat within the liver, metabolizes fatty acids, and promotes healthy collagen formation.

P

Phenylalanine

Phenylalanine supports the central nervous system's regulation of appetite and satiety. Phenylalanine is converted into norepinephrine and dopamine which improve mood and increase memory and learning.

T

Threonine

Threonine supports proper mental health and combats high stress situations. Threonine assists with healthy collagen formation, reduces excess fat from accumulating within the liver, and aides in the production of antibodies.

Tryptophan

Trytophan supports the central and peripheral nervous system. Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin which regulates sleep, mood, and appetite. Tryptophan is a natural painkiller and prevents symptoms of premature aging.

V

Valine

Valine reduces degradation in muscular protein and improves synthesis of muscle protein. Valine supports detoxification of excess ammonia and when used in a combination with other amino acids has proven to reduce food intake by 50%.