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Below, we’ll let you know which foods contain which amino acids, to help you find out if you’re getting enough or if you should be supplementing.

  • Trytophan can be found in nuts, flesh foods, cereal grains, corn, and even legumes. Foods with tryptophan are known to cause slight mood changes or even drowsiness since it is a precursor to the hormone serotonin.
  • Phenylalanine is found primarily in meat products and dairy products. It is implicated in a few ways with chemical and hormonal responses, and works most evidently in the brain.
  • Methionine is one of the most difficult essential amino acids to find in foods. It is also present in the smallest concentrations compared to the other amino acids. It is found in fish, meat and eggs only.
  • Lysine is easily available in fish, eggs, meat, and dairy products. Alone, it helps the intestine with calcium absorption – a really important one for ageing women! It also helps with bone maintenance and collagen production.
  • L-Leucine is another tough one. This amino acid can be found in whole grain products, brown rice and nuts. It is best known for preserving energy and increasing brain activity during exercise.

The best way to find out if you’re lacking any of these essential amino acids is to get tested by your physician. If you’re not eating enough of the above foods, you may want to consider using supplements to add to your diet. Filling yourself with all of the right foods, and ensuring the correct molecular basis, you can get an edge on your weight and fitness goals.

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Jay is the owner of leading Australian online supplement store AminoZ, aminoz.com.au.

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