Carnitine is not an amino acid in the strictest definition, but,
because it has a chemical structure like an amino acid it is usually put in that category.
The main function of Carnitine in the human body is helping transport long chain fatty
acids to the inside of cells to provide energy. This is a major source of energy for your
muscles. Thus carnitine is used in health supplements to help boost energy, prevent
fatigue, and maintain the body.
|Glutathione is not technically an amino acid. However, due to its
close relationship to amino acids, it is normally grouped with the amino acids. Most
glutathione is found in the liver, where it detoxifies many harmful compounds to be
excreted through the bile. Glutathione helps to maintain the strength of your red blood
cells and also protecting your white blood cells. It is also part of an important
antioxidant enzyme in the body.
|Lysine is an essential amino acid and is a building block for all
protein in the body. It helps calcium absorption and nitrogen balance in adults. It cannot
be manufactured by your body. Lysine supports the normal development of bone and
|Methionine is an essential amino acid that is not synthesized by the
body and must be obtained from food. It is one of the "sulfur-containing" amino
acids and is important in many body functions. Through its supply of sulfur, it help to
improve the tone and elasticity of the skin, condition the hair and strengthen nails.
Sulfur also protects the cells from airborne pollutants, such as smog, slows down the
aging process in the cells, and is involved with the production of protein. Methionine is
essential for the absorption and transportation and bio-availability of selenium and zinc
in the body.
|Taurine is an amino acid. It is vital to the proper utilization of
sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Taurine has a protective effect upon the human
brain. The amino acid taurine is important in tissues such as the brain and heart.
It is found in the central nervous system where it has several supportive functions.
Amino acids include: