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Guest article: Boosting energy levels with amino acids

Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts, University of Newcastle. 

Over the past 30 years I have been part of a team that has studied the biochemistry of chronic conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, autism, dyslexia and rheumatoid arthritis.  The key finding from our experiments was the indication of deficiencies in important amino acids which are the building blocks of the proteins which are fundamental to our existence and our good health.  What the body needs is a constant supply of amino acids to build all the proteins needed to maintain optimum health and function: the defensive antibodies, the memory proteins, the muscle proteins, the enzymes and transporter. Just as if there is a shortage of building materials – a house cannot be built!

To build these proteins we need to digest food proteins into their component amino acids.   But if we are under stress, as many of us are with our modern hectic lifestyles and our complex family interactions, then our digestive system does not work well enough to breakdown these food proteins fast enough to satisfy the needs of the body’s protein assembly line.  When we are under stress it is our “fight-or flight” that is operating 24/7 so that we can survive that threat.  Our heart rate goes up, our blood pressure goes up and blood is rushed to our muscles and away from our gut and our digestive capacity is shut down.  Not a problem if it is a transitory stress event. But the chronic ongoing stress of our modern life is constantly sending signals to our body that we are under threat, making it physiologically harder to digest our food.  Also, the older we get, the weaker our digestive systems tend to be. We make less stomach acid and digestive enzymes, and this can also cause a downward spiral in available amino acids.  

The usual “quick fix” fatigue remedies like multiple cups of coffee, sweet biscuits and chocolates, do not solve these problems. Research has shown the body needs a constant supply of amino acids to build the proteins needed to maintain general wellbeing and support an active lifestyle.  

Through our decades of research on chronic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, dyslexia and fibromyalgia we have focused on these amino acids and this has led to the use of directly absorbable free form amino acids themselves as a food.  The body then does not have to rely on digestive enzymes to give the amino acids to build proteins.  The amino acids would go directly into the bloodstream where they would be used to build muscle, bone, connective tissue, hormones, enzymes, and more; on time and on schedule.  The results have been improvement in energy; endurance; sleep; stamina and faster recovery from exertion.  

The key is knowing which amino acids to take and we are now working with a company called InnovAAte to bring new products to the market place that are based on this scientific research. 

For more information contact me via tim.roberts@newcastle.edu.au  or InnovAAte at admin@innovaate.com.au  (www.innovaate.com.au ).

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