How Do They Work?
They have often been referred to as the
building blocks of life. Naturally, they are responsible for many of the
functions within the human body, especially within our digestive
system. These acids are essential for human health, development, and
overall well-being. But how exactly do they work? Before we understand
how they work, we must come to understand what they are made of.
What Are They?
are organic chemical compounds composed of both amine and carboxylic
acid functional groups. They are produced by all living organisms and
are a biologically important component of every living thing on earth.
Their biggest and most important function is as the structural units of
proteins. These chemical compounds are referred to as amino acids
because they each contain at least one amino group (this means either
one atom of nitrogen or two atoms of hydrogen chemically bonded
Why Are they Important?
We've already discussed
the role that they play in creating proteins. Amino acids are important
because proteins are so incredibly important. When proteins are broken
down during digestion they are broken down into their basic amino acids,
these acids are then used for a variety of significant functions within
the human body.
What Do They Do?
Within the human body they
produce enzymes, tissues, hormones, and other vital substances which
are essential to one's health and wellness. Some of them are naturally
occurring and can be produced within the human body. They can also be
introduced to our system through food. Diets high in protein are also
high in these necessary amino acids. When protein rich foods are
consumed, the body is being treated to a buffet of the little building
blocks it needs to keep up regular, healthy maintenance.
acids exist in chains that consist of different amino acid molecules
chemically linked together. Shorter chains are referred to as peptides
while long chains are called polypeptides. They can also occur in
singles or attach to other organic molecules like carbohydrates. A
completely pure amino acid is a colorless crystal that is water-soluble.
The body uses carbs for energy. Both peptides and polypeptides are
important for building different tissues throughout the body as well as
maintaining various bodily functions.