Amino Acids make high quality protein and must come from food.

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How to Correct An Amino Acids (Protein) Deficiency

Amino Acids (Protein)

Proteins are large molecules made up of smaller building blocks called amino acids. Our bodies can manufacture most of them. But there are some (called the essential ones) which must be supplied by the diet. They perform a wide variety of functions. These include controlling the alkalinity of our blood and regulating fluid pressures in our bodies. As well they are critical to the manufacture of hormones, enzymes and antibodies. The maintenance of our immune system (the mechanism that defends us from disease) also depends on these acids.

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All Proteins

All proteins in the body -- hair, skin, cells, internal organs, enzymes, etc.-- are made of amino acids. Your body has no substitute for them. Maintenance of appropriate levels is critical to good health.

3D Structure of Protein

Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein. Here is a 3D structure of the protein myoglobin.

Those at Risk:

It is not only Third World populations who are susceptible to protein deficiency. In affluent societies protein deficiencies may exist among teenagers, the elderly, and those who follow severe weight-loss diets. Also, those whose diets are extremely high in processed foods and refined sugar are at risk. Malabsorption problems are another possible cause of protein and other nutrient deficiencies.

Most people consume enough protein. But for some it may be a good idea to modify the sources of daily intake. Consider substituting some less concentrated proteins (like fish, grains and beans) for animal protein. Remeber that excessive animal protein consumption can be detrimental to your health

Malabsorption Problems

A deficiency in this area is just as likely to be due to poor absorption of protein, rather than low intake.  Here are some common reasons you may not be getting these nutrients that are in your food:

Food Combining Really Helps

Better food combining can make an enormous difference in digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Note that people who have a diet high in refined sugar often don't eat enough protein because they are often not hungry enough to eat the protein they should have. If this applies to you, cut back on sweet foods.


The most concentrated sources of these acids (protein) are foods of animal origin. These include yogurt, eggs, fish and poultry. However, if you eat little or no animal products, you can still find very good sources of protein. Try brown rice, whole grains; sprouts; soybeans (tofu and other soy foods). Or green foods such as alfalfa, spirulina and chlorella. Also, ground flax seed; nuts and nut butters (almond butter is good). And don't forget bee pollen - a very good source.

Not a meat eater?

If you do not eat animal products, and/or are not a big eater, you might not be taking in enough high quality protein. Animal foods contain ALL the essential amino acids. Unfortunately, plant foods are usually low in one or more of these essential acids. There are two schools of thought regarding how to get all of these essential acids from vegetarian sources. Some experts think that you must combine legumes (soy products, beans, lentils, etc.) with grains, nuts or seeds at every meal in order to get enough protein. Others believe that you need only include some plant protein in your diet, on a daily basis, in order to consume sufficient quantities of all these essential acids. Personally, I think it's a good idea to include a little protein in each meal, just to be sure.

Sources of Protein:

Following are some examples of meals that will help ensure that your protein needs are met. These work even on a vegetarian diet that does not include dairy products or eggs.


  • adzuki or black beans with brown rice or whole grain tortillas or bread
  • tofu, tempeh or other soy foods with brown rice or other whole grains
  • any whole grain casseroles with beans or lentils added (for example, whole wheat pasta salad with chickpeas)
  • hummus with whole wheat pita bread
  • soups containing legumes and served with whole grain bread
  • almond butter on whole grain bread

Note that adding sprouts to any meal will enhance your protein intake.


  • food allergies (especially wheat) are one of the most common causes of malabsorption
  • stress
  • an underactive stomach (low levels of HCL)
  • low levels of digestive enzymes
  • a sluggish liver or colon
  • thyroid imbalance
  • zinc deficiency
  • vitamin B-6 deficiency

Both of these nutrients are necessary to produce hydrochloric acid (digestive juice) in the stomach.

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