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What Causes Amino Acid Deficiency?
Essential amino acids cannot be made by our bodies. They must come from food. Some of us simply don’t get enough from our diet. But more commonly, the problem is that we cannot properly break down and assimilate the protein we do eat. This is called malabsorption, and it actually affects how well all macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micro nutrients (vitamins, minerals) are processed and taken up by our digestive tract. Malabsorption can occur for a number of reasons.
You may not be able to properly break down food.
This is referred to as maldigestion, and it is usually caused by deficiencies in stomach acid, pepsin, or digestive enzymes. Protein digestion begins in the stomach where pepsin is secreted. This triggers the pancreas to release pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine. If this process is inhibited or you don’t produce enough of these chemicals, protein is not properly broken down and you don’t get the amino acids you need.
Another associated problem is intestinal inflammation. This can cause damage to the layer of small intestine cells that play an essential role in digesting protein. These cells contain enzymes that activate the pancreatic enzymes mentioned above. They are also responsible for the uptake of amino acids into the digestive tract, into the lymph vessels that transport nutrients to the liver, and into the circulation. When these intestinal cells are damaged, these functions cannot be performed correctly.
Common conditions that lead to damage and intestinal inflammation are:
• Stomach surgery
• Liver damage
• Small Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
• Auto-immune Diseases – e.g. Celiac, Crohn’s Disease
• Intense Exercise
• Leaky Gut
• Body Building
• Athletic Performance
• Autoimmune Disease
• Growth Hormone Deficiency
• Hair Loss
The good news is that a growing body of research shows that amino acids can heal the intestinal damage from inflammation while providing your body the needed components for protein synthesis.
Amino Acids Heal Intestinal Damage from Inflammation.