Protein and Amino Acids
Proteins are essential for energy and growth. They are the building blocks of life and are in every cell of the human body. Protein foods are broken down into amino acids during digestion and are intricate in growth and tissue repair. Amino acids are therefore the link between the proteins we eat and assimilation for our body tissue. While adequate amounts of protein and amino acids aid healing after bariatric surgery, a lack of adequate amino acids may make it impossible for vitamins and minerals to perform their specific duties.
Protein and amino acids are important for survival and recovery. They preserve active tissue mass and maintain other functions, as well. Studies are being conducted to assess protein status and outcomes of protein nutritional support for recovery and preservation of muscle mass among critically ill patients. Identifying a target for provision of protein to patients will help recognize the role of protein in nutrition support, particularly for obese patients.
We all need to be sure we are getting the essential amino acids to maintain good health. The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
Food sources that contain all nine essential amino acids, also called complete proteins, are soy products, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk and eggs. Most plant foods have some of the nine essential amino acids. Eating a varied selection of vegetables and legumes, as well as a portion of high-quality protein every day will provide the proper amount of amino acids your body needs.
Amino Acids, Vegetarians, and Vegans
The nine essential amino acids that your body can’t produce are commonly contained within animal-based proteins. This might sound like a problem for vegetarians and vegans, but it is not. Certain plant proteins contain all nine essential amino acids, specifically quinoa, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and soy. These are considered complete sources of protein as they contain all none essential amino acids. Read: High Protein Vegetarian Foods
Combining plant-based foods can provide a complete source of protein with the nine essential amino acids. For example, beans are low in the amino acid lysine but when combined with lycine-plentiful rice they make a complete source of protein. Other combinations can be hummus and pita, or tofu and rice. Keep in mind that it will be necessary to keep track of the proteins you are eating and their chemical makeup to maintain adequate consumption of the essential amino acids. Read: Protein Vegetarian Meals Menus Recipes
Bragg Liquid Aminos
Bragg Liquid Aminos is a certified NON-GMO liquid protein concentrate, derived from soybeans, that contains 16 essential and non-essential amino acids. It’s easy to add to your diet — simply use Bragg Liquid Aminos as an all-purpose seasoning. It is great in salad dressings, rice dishes, stir-fry, sauces and gravies, soups, veggies, and meats and fish. People commonly use it as a healthy alternative to Soy and Tamari sauce.
Vegan Raw Protein Powder With Amino Acids
A good protein shake will also help address essential amino acid needs. Drinking high-quality protein powders that contain all nine compounds will certainly help resolve essential amino acid deficiencies.
An excellent addition to your diet to help insure you are meeting the daily demand for essential amino acids is Vegan Raw Protein Powder with Amino Acids from Garden of Life. The product is raw, vegan, certified organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, and soy-free. It has no pea protein, no preservatives, no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and no synthetic nutrients.
Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Vanilla 631g Powder is available on Amazon for $26.95 at the time of this writing. It can be found in local health food stores, too.
Xtend Branch Chain Amino Acids
During my workouts or at times when I am low on energy, I add amino acids powder to my water. Scivation Xtend is the brand that body builders hands-down recommended to me. Xtend provides hydration in the form of electrolytes and 7g of branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) plus it’s calorie-free. It tastes great, is good for my body, and provides me with natural energy (not a caffeine jolt and crash). And I enjoy the fruit-flavor in my water — blue raspberry, margarita, watermelon, pineapple, mango, and many more!
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life