Did you know that the human body is composed of 16 percent protein? Proteins play an important part in most biological processes. When you ingest proteins, your body breaks them apart into individual amino acids. The proteins in your body contain 20 different amino acids and each has its unique chemical properties that determine its biological role. A large proportion of body cells, tissues and muscles are made up of amino acids, which means that they carry out many body functions, such as healing wounds and repairing tissues, especially in the bones, muscles, skin, hair, and removal of wastes produced during metabolism.
Since amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, they are linked to almost all life processes, but they also act as precursors in other physiological processes. These processes include signal transduction, intermediary metabolism (the connection between carbohydrates and lipids), and neurotransmission.
Algae as a Viable Source of Protein
Most people tend to think that algae are things only viewed through microscopes during 4th grade, but algae are fascinating as they use simple components of carbon dioxide, mineral water, and sunlight to sustain life and reproduce at incredible rates. Algae are also a good source of plant-based protein. While Spirulina has been the most common source of food protein for centuries, New Earth has discovered that the wild microalgae, or AFA (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae) is the most powerful nourishing food protein on the planet with a wide variety of plant-based nutrients, essential fatty acids, minerals and several micronutrients.
Benefits of AFA Microalgae
- It contains all 20 natural amino acids that enhance brain activity
- Boosts the body’s immune system
- Supports biomodulation
- Promotes the absorption and assimilation of food nutrients
- Provides a vegan source of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids
- Helps the body to maintain healthy cholesterol levels
- Offers an affordable and daily source of important micronutrients
Other Health Benefits of Amino Acids
While some amino acids can be produced by your body, others, commonly known as essential amino acids, can only be obtained through food or protein supplements. Contrary to common belief, amino acid supplements aren’t only meant for athletes. According to recent research, it was discovered that amino acids produce enzymes that are involved in concentration, mood, sleep and other physiological phenomena.
Retention of muscle mass
Amino acids help in the muscle-building process when they are used together with resistance exercise; however, research has also indicated that amino acids can benefit muscles that aren’t being trained. The research proved that the supplementation of the amino acid leucine helped in the prevention of muscle breakdown in purposely immobilized muscles. According to the researchers, leucine reduced the expressions of genes that cause the breakdown of muscles during periods of inactivity.
Abdominal fat loss
Most fat loss supplements contain stimulants and other elements that claim to increase metabolism; however, amino acid supplements support fat loss. According to a recent study, the use of a soy amino acid by post-menopausal women for a period of three months reduced the growth of abdominal fat. A combination of an amino acid and a low-calorie diet can provide you with superior fat loss than dieting alone.
Increased mental focus
The essential amino acid L-tryptophan in amino acid supplements can help improve short-term memory and processing abilities.
The algae from Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon has been present for ages and is said to have survived the last ice age. New Earth has developed special equipment to harvest, process and package this wild superfood.