“Jacquie, Why are essential amino acids important for healthy skin?”

Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein. There are several Amino Acids that are considered “Essential”. They are Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, and Valine. These Amino Acids can’t be created or synthesized in the body like other Amino Acids and therefore must be consumed as part of your diet.
Amino Acids in the body are compromised by things like pollution, smoking, drinking alcohol and even hormones found in some meat products. These factors can negatively impact your amino acids and prevent you from getting enough to create the necessary proteins.

All proteins are not created equal. And the quality of the proteins is basically determined by the body’s ability to use them effectively. The 8 essential amino acids are necessary to form a protein molecule. Without them, every single one of them, a protein molecule can’t be created. If even just one single Amino is missing the creation of protein can’t happen. One Amino Acid cannot be substituted for another. So even if all of the other Amino Acids are present in the body, it wouldn’t make a difference. It’s important that all of the essential amino acids are obtained through your diet.

When it comes to healthy skin, our skin cells renew themselves approximately every 30 days or so. Generally, the older we are, the slower the process. And just like the other cells in the body, our skin cells are made from proteins. The skin needs essential Amino Acids to help generate new skin cells. The essential Aminos help stimulate the buildup of collagen. If you’re deficient in Amino Acids, your skin will be thinner, and it won’t be able to retain the necessary water.

Essential Amino Acids can be found in foods like lean meats including ham and pork, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy and plant-based protein sources like quinoa, soy beans and nuts. With that said, anyone can benefit from taking a daily Amino Acid supplement to help fill in the gaps that they may have in their diet. And the best part? Amino Acids will provide wonderful benefits inside and out.