The formula contains 20 amino acids: all 8 - 10 essential and 12 non-essential amino acids in high availability or non-limiting forms. Amino acids are all about quality. Protein is composed of amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be manufactured by the body and must be supplied in the diet. Non-essential amino acids are needed too, but the body can synthesize them. Essential amino acids, plus sufficient nitrogen in foods, are needed to synthesize the non-essential amino acids. A protein is considered complete if it has all the essential amino acids. The spirulina in BIOSUPERFOOD is just that; a complete protein.
The body requires amino acids in specific proportions. If a food is low in one or more amino acids, those amino acids are called limiting amino acids, and the body cannot use all of its amino acids completely. The most complete and ideal proportion of amino acids can be found in our formula because of their unique mix of several algae. Our formula complements other vegetable or animal proteins well and increases the amino acid quality of other foods if eaten within several hours of them. A portion of the daily essential amino acid required for a typical adult can be supplied by eating some of our formula daily.
The following 8 - 10 essential amino acids are found in these algae; arginine*, histidine*, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. *Required for the young, but not essential for adults.
- ARGININE*: Essential for the young, but not in the same way for adults. Important for adult male sexual health as seminal fluid is 80% arginine. Also helps detoxify the blood
- HISTIDINE*: May be considered essential mostly in children as it strengthens nerve relays, especially in the auditory organs. Has been used to reverse some cases of deafness
- ISOLEUCINE: Required for optimal growth, intelligence development and nitrogen equilibrium in the body. Used to synthesize other non-essential amino acids
- LEUCINE: Stimulator of brain function, increases muscular energy levels
- LYSINE: Building block of blood antibodies, strengthens circulatory system and maintains normal growth of cells
- METHIONINE: Vital lipotropic (fat and lipid metabolizing) amino acid that maintains liver health. An anti-stress factor, it calms the nerves
- PHENYLALANINE: Required by the thyroid gland for production of thyroxin, which stimulates metabolic rate
- THREONINE: Improves intestinal competence and digestive assimilation
- TRYPTOPHAN: Increases utilization of B vitamins, improves nerve health and stabilizes emotions. Promotes a sense of calm
- VALINE: Stimulates mental capacity and muscle coordination
Also found in the formula are all the non-essential amino acids. Spirulina alone supplies ten of the twelve non-essential amino acids. "Non-essential" does not mean that these amino acids are not needed by the body, but merely indicates that the body can synthesize them itself if it needs to do so, provided the appropriate nutritional building blocks are available. Nevertheless, the body is better served if these excellent protein components are readily and totally available in dietary sources, since all the amino acids must be on hand as the cells manufacture enzymes, proteins, hormones, brain chemicals and the other products of metabolism. Of the thousands of biochemical substances acting and interacting in the human body, not one is derived from a vacuum; the body is ultimately dependent upon nutrient intake for all of its functions.
- ALANINE: Strengthens cellular walls
- ARGININE: Important to male sexual health as seminal fluid is 80% arginine. Also helps detoxify the blood
- ASPARTIC ACID: Aids transformation of carbohydrates into cellular energy
- CYSTEINE & CYSTINE: Aids pancreatic health, which stabilizes blood sugar and carbohydrate metabolism. Has been used to alleviate some symptoms of food allergy and intolerance
- GLUTAMIC ACID: With glucose, one of the principal fuels for brain cells. Has been used to reduce alcohol cravings and stabilize mental health
- GLYCINE: Promotes energy and oxygen use in the cells
- HISTIDINE*: Strengthens nerve relays, especially in the auditory organs. Has been used to reverse some cases of deafness
- PROLINE: A precursor of glutamic acid
- SERINE: Helps form the protective fatty sheaths surrounding nerve fibres
- TAURINE: Strengthens the heart muscle, boosts vision, and helps prevent macular degeneration. The key component of bile, which is needed for the digestion of fats
- TYROSINE: Slows ageing of cells and suppresses hunger centres in the hypothalamus. Can be synthesized from phenylalanine. Involved in proper colouration of hair and skin, including protection from sunburn