Amino Acids, The Building Blocks for the Human Body
I am reading, The Search for the Perfect Protein, By Dr. David Minkoff, MD., a personal friend and doctor here in my hometown, Clearwater, Florida. It is a fabulously well-written and easy-to-read book on the importance of protein to everyone. I will spend this and perhaps a couple of more blogs discussing the importance of this and what you can do to supply your body with the proper amount of protein to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Minkoff’s physical prowess
This extraordinary man has competed in Iron man contests for most of his life. He was personal best at Iron Man Canada just a year or so ago. And at his age he is still making records and proving what his philosophy and medical acumen and activities have told him about every phase of protein, and how we Americans are deprived of it by our food industry.
Thus, as you can see, here is a doctor on a mission to find the right intake of the right foods to maintain not just a healthy lifestyle on a normal basis, but for himself personally as an incredibly adept athlete competing the most difficult and intense athletic competition, and winning. That tells you something about the findings we will discuss herein and the man himself, as an enduring and highly ethical healer and physician.
What Proteins Are and What They Do
The Holy Bible is a spiritual treatise on the creation of the earth, life, and man. If I were to write a takeoff on that in terms of human biochemistry, it would be “In the beginning was the word, and the word was ‘amino.’”
What he means in referring to “the beginning” in a biological sense, whether you are a creationist or an evolutionist, the truth is, amino acids were the beginning, as they are the building blocks of life. Somehow they were formed. Amino acids were then assembled into the first proteins that were most likely enzymes. Enzymes facilitate chemical reactions to occur faster and specifically, and once they came into existence, they allowed for the manufacture of proteins, which allowed for the creation of more complex cells and organisms – essentially, the human body. In fact, the word protein is derived from the Greek word Proteus, which means “primary.”
Now Here I am going to get crazily complicated in this taken from page 50 of his book
Our bodies are incredibly complicated organisms made up of more than 100 trillion cells and at least fifty thousand different proteins. The average cell is a very complex, independent living thing with an internal chemical reaction rate of about 2000 times per second. This is about that for a minute! If you hired a computer wizard and asked him to design a program like the human body, it would have to coordinate 100,000,000,000,000 (trillion) cells with reaction rates at 2000 times per second, where every cell had to be in sync with every other one—each would have to be aware of what the other was doing at every moment. It would have also to be completely adaptable to cold and head, whether on top of a mountain or at the bottom of the ocean. It would need t function while awake, asleep, running, wounded, or sitting still. It would have to control hormones, salt balance, cellular energy production, growth, repair, and on and on. If you think that molecules could achieve this through a series of accidents over the millennia, think again. This system is the result of the miracle of creation and life. The level o activity and coordination in the human body is impossible for us to comprehend.
Daily Stressors of Life
Our bodies undergo wear and tear on a daily basis due to chemical and traumatic stress—these attack and cause damage to the protein structure. Each cell must constantly repair proteins and other vital components, to maintain its integrity. For example, during triathlon season, I train for my next event. I’ll run for eighty minutes in ninety-degree heat and then swim in the ocean for forty-five. Those environments and stressors are hostile to individual cells. The body has to deal with heat, sweating, energy production, salt balance, and hormonal support. That effort also causes a great deal of structural trauma and micro-tearing of m muscles and ligaments. If someone is protein malnourished, they could never handle that stress They could overheat, feel dizzy, not sweat enough to cool their body, have cramps, or get weak and faint. They may even suffer a heart attack. (and more)
I am so enamored of this book that I could easily find every page pertinent info for this article, but we don’t have that kind of space or time for me to get the points I want to make here.
Moving on to other sources of data before returning to Dr. Minkoff, here is data from Healthline, inc.
Amino acids, often referred to as the building blocks of proteins, are compounds that play many critical roles in your body. You need them for vital processes such as building proteins, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Amino acids are concentrated in protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, and soybeans.
Here lies the problem. Most of our chicken, beef, lamb, and dairy products aren’t from quality sources. The problem is what our food eats. Cows are often fed genetically modified corn that has been sprayed with glyphosate, (Monsanto’s Roundup) and the same cows are given antibiotics and hormones and these substances become part of our food. Mass-produced genetically modified food may taste good, but it’s poison.
My personal view is that our international health index of Americans ranks us at about 26th worldwide, with a similar ranking of life expectancy. Why would the richest country on earth with the most sophisticated health system rank so low? The poisons in our food, milling all nutrients out of over-the-counter food our population consumes every meal. This, plus 5G blasting our immune system from every angle is causing us to be sick and stupid.
Some people also take certain amino acids in supplement form as a natural way to boost athletic performance or improve mood. They’re categorized as essential, conditionally essential, or nonessential depending on several factors. In this article you’ll find all the basics about essential amino acids, including how they function, food sources rich in essential amino acids, and the potential benefits of taking a supplement.
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Amino acids are organic compounds composed mainly of nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Your body needs 20 different amino acids to grow and function properly. While all 20 of these are important for your health, only 9 are classified as essential. Although your body can make nonessential amino acids, it cannot make essential amino acids, so you have to get them from your diet.
The best sources of essential amino acids are animal proteins such as meat, eggs, and poultry. However, some plant foods, such as the soy products edamame and tofu, contain all nine essential amino acids. This means they are “complete” sources of protein. And these sources contain all essential and nonessential amino acids the body requires. Vegans argue the health of these, as seen in the paragraph above is poison. Valid point.
After you eat protein, your body breaks it down into amino acids and then uses them for various processes, such as building muscle and regulating immune function.
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Dr. Minkoff says blood tests show that nearly all of his patients are deficient in protein. We will discuss this next blog on how they got that way and what can be done about it. Supplements are always available.
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