Power of Amino Acids! We Use Them Every Day!

For Everyday Health

Our Bodies Can't Function without Amino Acids

For Everyday Health


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    Amino acids are needed every day.

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    Amino acids affect sleep and immune function!

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    Amino acids can be used to detect health risks!

You Need Amino Acids Every Day!

Proteins Are Continually Made and Broken Down Every Day

Our bodies are made up of proteins and they are continually made and broken down every day in the body.
It is important to make sure that the foods you eat each day contain the amino acids you need to make protein in your body. When you eat proteins in food they are digested and absorbed in your body. When proteins are digested they have mostly become amino acids by the time they reach your liver.

Nine Amino Acids that Must be Taken from Food

There are 20 amino acids that make up proteins. Eleven of these amino acids can be made by the body from other amino acids, but the remaining nine amino acids cannot be made in the body. These nine amino acids are called "essential amino acids" and must be taken from food.Amino acid scoring is a method for protein quality assessment based on essential amino acids composition.

20 Amino Acids that Make up ProteinsEssential Amino AcidsNon-Essential Amino Acids

The following table shows the required daily intake per kilogram of body weight for the nine essential amino acids, based on age. The requirements in this table were prepared by the international bodies FAO/WHO/UNU through a Joint Expert Consultation.

<Essential Amino Acid Requirements>
Essential Amino Acids 0.5 years 1–2 years 3–10 years 11–14 years 15–18 years Adults
mg/kg per day
Isoleucine 36 27 23 22 21 20
Leucine 73 54 44 44 42 39
Lysine 64 45 35 35 33 30
Methionine+Cystine 31 22 18 17 16 15
Phenylalanine+Tyrosine 59 40 30 30 28 25
Threonine 34 23 18 18 17 15
Tryptophan 9.5 6.4 4.8 4.8 4.5 4
Valine 49 36 29 29 28 26
Histidine 22 15 12 12 11 10
Essential amino acids
in total
377.5 268.4 213.8 211.8 200.5 184
You Can Supplement with Amino Acids for a More Balanced Diet

In general, animal proteins are good quality proteins with amino acid scores close to 100. They are rich in essential amino acids with good balance.
Although plant-based proteins are rich in amino acids, some may lack certain essential proteins, specifically lysine and methionine, and the amino acid scores are low. Many people nowadays have imbalanced diets. Supplementing your diet with amino acids is an effective way to maintain your health.

Ideal amino acid balance

Insufficient Amino Acids Can Cause Malnutrition and Rough Skin

Insufficient amino acids can prevent your body from functioning properly. Not getting enough essential amino acids can cause malnutrition and rough skin.
Amino acids are essential nutrients for living.

Amino Acids for Everyday Health


Using Amino Acids to Fight Decreasing Muscle Mass

Sarcopenia—Progressive Loss of Muscle

As we get older, we start to lose skeletal muscle mass. This natural condition is called sarcopenia and it affects everyone.
If nothing is done about it sarcopenia can prevent people from going out as often and can greatly increase the risk of falls or broken bones. This can make it harder for people to lead independent lives.

Using Amino Acids to Prevent Sarcopenia

The right exercise and consumption of enough animal-based proteins are needed to prevent and treat sarcopenia. Doctors are closely looking at amino acids as a nutritional strategy to tackle sarcopenia.
Recent studies have found a clear link between the consumption of amino acids and exercise with the increase of muscle mass and muscle strength.

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Amino Acids for Better Sleep

Defining Good Quality Sleep

Getting a good night's sleep means sleeping soundly and waking up refreshed. Getting enough hours of sleep and getting quality sleep is essential to a good night's sleep.
When we sleep we go through cycles of non-REM and REM sleep. However, stress, irregular schedules, and other factors can prevent healthy sleep cycles.

Amino Acid Glycine Promotes Naturally Deep Sleep

Getting good quality sleep means that you sleep deeply and soundly when you go to bed.
The latest research shows that taking glycine before bed helps you to quickly and naturally fall into a deep sleep.
By supplementing your diet with the appropriate amino acid you will probably have a better sleep quality to rest your mind and body. Then you will feel less fatigued and wake up refreshed and energized for the next day.

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Amino Acids for a Hangover

Amino Acids Promote the Decomposition of Alcohol and Acetaldehyde

We get a hangover when we drink too much alcohol, and from acetaldehyde that is produced from alcohol.

Taking the amino acids alanine and glutamine before and after drinking and during the next day has been shown to promote liver function and weaken hangovers. Previously people thought that nothing could be done about them.

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Amino Acids Can Help Prevent Colds and Maintain Your Body

Using Cystine and Theanine to Maintain Your Body

Regular consumption of the amino acids cystine and theanine promotes active immune cells. This helps your body to protect itself from colds and stay healthy.

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Measuring Amino Acid Balance to Detect Cancer and Diabetes Risk  

AminoIndex® to Check for Health Risks

AminoIndex is a technology developed by Ajinomoto Group. It uses Ajinomoto Group's wealth of expertise in amino acid analysis and research into amino acid metabolism.
Amino acids are basic nutrients that serve many different functions. Scientists thought that measuring amino acids could maybe effectively detect health risks. Ajinomoto Group decided to scientifically prove the effectiveness of measuring amino acids for health and developed the AminoIndex technology.

Ajinomoto Group established the screening technology for measuring the level of blood amino acids concentration as an indicator of the state of health and risk of various diseases including cancer and diabetes.


Pool of Free Amino Acids in Our Bodies

Amino acids do not only make up proteins in our bodies. The same amino acids also exist as free amino acids in the body. This pool of free amino acids in our bodies can make vitamins and hormones, or become new proteins.