AMINO ACIDS IN SHILAJIT
It’s not a secret that Shilajit is filled with beneficial ingredients. It contains a wide range of minerals, vitamins, DCPs and DPS, fulvic acid, and amino acids. We already put a lot of emphasis on many beneficial ingredients, blogs about you can find here (part1) and here (part 2). If you’re more interested DCPs and DPSs, this blog would be right up your alley. That being said, the focus of today’s blog is not any of the above-mentioned substances. Today we’re going to talk about a few rather overlooked components of Shilajit that deserve the spotlight. As the title tells you, we’re talking about amino acids. These organic compounds seem to be everywhere, so let’s find out which ones are found in Shilajit.
WHAT ARE AMINO ACIDS?
In essence, they’re building blocks of proteins and play many critical roles in your body.
When we eat proteins, they are broken down into smaller parts in the stomach with the help of stomach acid. These smaller parts are called amino acids. The body then incorporates them into its cells and we could say that amino acids are an integral part of every cell. How important amino acids are is told by the fact that the cell membrane is made up of 75% fat and 25% protein and if we lack protein, the body cannot form new cells, it cannot regenerate, and as a result, our immune system drops. Amino acids make up nails, hair, skin, as well as hormones. In addition, amino acids are involved in the transport of nutrients throughout the body and are an integral part of hemoglobin. They affect the acid-base balance in the blood and represent a source of energy.
What amino acids do we know? Nine of them are essential, meaning that the body desperately needs them, but it can’t just make them on its own. But the body can get them with food. These essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine. Infants and young children also need arginine due to undeveloped metabolic systems. Non-essential amino acids that the body can synthesize by itself are glycine, glutamate, glutamine, proline, serine, tyrosine, alanine, asparagine, aspartate, cysteine.
Amino acid-synthesized proteins play a key role in the growth of tissues, hair, nails, and skin, and the building of hormones. Many play an enzymatic role and are also involved in the transport of nutrients throughout the body. They affect the acid-base balance in the blood and act as a source of energy. So, all-around very important stuff. And where does the Shilajit come into the equation?
A DIVERSE AMINO ACID PROFILE OF SHILAJIT
So, before we dive deeper into this, we would like to point out that these are recent findings of Shilajit and that this information is actually rather hard to get by. We managed to get our hands on a laboratory report and we hope we could bring this to all of you soon. But, just to make sure, it must be said that not all Shilajit is exactly the same so different kinds of Shilajit may vary. Now, let’s get to the part you all want to know about. How many amino acids does it actually contain?
The answer is not that simple. Shilajit contains a lot of glycine which is a non-essential amino acid and up to 1 percent of different amino acids These are mainly glutamine, histidine, phenylalanine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, lysine, arginine and,
To get a better understanding, let’s go over what they do.
Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid in the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Glutamine is produced in the muscles and is distributed by the blood to the organs that need it. Glutamine might help gut function, the immune system, and other essential processes in the body, especially in times of stress. Glutamine is the most abundant and versatile amino acid in the body. In health and disease, the rate of glutamine consumption by immune cells is similar or greater than glucose.
The next one is histidine. Some people take histidine by mouth for metabolic syndrome, diarrhea caused by cholera infection, rheumatoid arthritis, allergic diseases, ulcers, and anemia caused by kidney failure or kidney dialysis.
Phenylalanine is an amino acid found in many foods and used by your body to produce proteins and other important molecules. It has been studied for its effects on depression, pain, and skin disorders. Overall, methionine is directly or indirectly involved in many important processes in the body.
Methionine is an amino acid found in many proteins, including the proteins in foods and those found in the tissues and organs of your body. Additionally, methionine plays a critical role in starting the process of making new proteins inside your cells, something that is continuously occurring as older proteins break down.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that cannot be produced by the human body and must be obtained through your diet, primarily from animal or plant-based protein sources. It’s also used to produce niacin, which is essential in creating the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Isoleucine is one of nine essential amino acids in humans (present in dietary proteins), Isoleucine has diverse physiological functions, such as assisting wound healing, detoxification of nitrogenous wastes, stimulating immune function, and promoting secretion of several hormones. This is the oxygen-carrying pigment inside of red blood cells. It may help control blood sugar. It may also boost energy and endurance. It’s also said to help speed the healing of injured muscles. Isoleucine may also help muscle development and lean body mass.
Lysine is a building block for protein. It’s an essential amino acid because your body cannot make it, so you need to obtain it from food. It’s important for normal growth and muscle turnover and used to form carnitine, a substance found in most cells of your body. What’s more, it helps transport fats across your cells to be burned for energy. Lysine may play a role in reducing anxiety. One study found that it blocked receptors involved in stress response. Researchers observed that rats given lysine had reduced rates of stress-induced loose bowel movements. It’s also believed that lysine increases calcium absorption in your gut and helps your kidneys to hold on to the mineral.
L-arginine is one of many amino acids the body needs to function properly. Like other amino acids, L-arginine plays a role in building protein. The body can use the protein to help build muscle and rebuild tissue. As a result, researchers have investigated the effectiveness of L-arginine in the treatment of severe wounds and tissue waste in serious illnesses. Occasionally, a person’s need for L-arginine may exceed the body’s ability to produce or consume it naturally. This is often true for older adults or people with certain medical conditions.
And for the last we have valine. Valine is one of three branched-chain amino acids (the others are leucine and isoleucine) that enhance energy, increase endurance, and aid in muscle tissue recovery and repair.
- As we can see, Shilajit’s amino acid profile is quite rich. Of course, if you have any health problems related to amino acid deficiency, you won’t treat them with Shilajit. There are better amino acid supplements out there of course, but at the end of the day, Shilajits true strength comes from a vast and versatile array of other beneficial ingredients. So, in a sense, these amino acids are just a nice little bonus to make this gift of nature realy shine and come through as natureS strongest biorevitalizer.
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