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Amino Acids (references)

10 Amino Acids You Need To Get Enough Of

Amino acids are essential building blocks of proteins. It also plays an important role in metabolism and in ensuring that our body processes and bodily functions are working efficiently. Proteins are needed by all (if not most) of our body’s cells as they control cellular reactions and processes.

Amino Acids

Categorizing the Building Blocks of Life

Most textbooks will tell you that there are 20 amino acids. However, there are actually hundreds of them, some of them short-lived, some of them modifications of the main 20. We will call those the "minor amino acids." For example, Serine is counted as one of the main 20, but phosphoserine, another important amino acid, is never classified among the major 20 and is a minor amino acid.