Key Functions Of Amino Acids
Amino acids are best known as the components used by the body to build proteins.
Some key amino acids are used in very high proportions in the synthesis of specific proteins.
- Collagen, for example, is the most ubiquitous family of proteins in the body where it is found in muscles, connective tissues, blood vessels and bones. The collagen is unique since approximately 1/3 of the protein structure is comprised of the amino acid glycine.
Some amino acids are used in greater abundances than others to support the metabolic process that underpins the healthy functioning of the body. For example:
- The synthesis of the key components of DNA
- Immune function
- Nerve transmission
- Folate metabolism
- Maintaining skin moisture