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Breaking Down Amino Acids and Keys to Interpretation

January 27, 2021


Just like a house is composed of bricks, proteins are made up of smaller building blocks. These building blocks are called amino acids. We consume protein, a macronutrient, from plants and animals which is then broken down into smaller peptides or individual amino acids to be absorbed. Once absorbed, amino acids are used by the body or synthesized into larger proteins.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand 5 factors that influence amino acid levels
  • Deep dive into a few notable amino acids
  • Review of interpreting amino acid intermediary metabolites

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