Amino Acid Information

Amino Acids are divided into two groups:

Must be obtained from the diet and are required in nutrition (arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine).
Usually naturally produced in the system (alamine, aspartic acid, asparagine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine).

Amino Acids are referred to as the “building blocks” of protein. Protein cannot exist without the proper combination of amino acids. Since protein is the structure for all living things (every living organism is composed of protein), it is needed in usable form to sustain life. In order for a protein to be complete, it must contain all of its particular amino acids. The central nervous system cannot function without amino acids.

Improperly balanced diets, use of ingredients which might be deficient in certain amino acids and other factors can lead to protein deficiencies. In addition, amino acids help vitamins and minerals work properly.

L’Avian Plus Products contain the correct level of each of the amino acids either from naturally occurring sources in grains or other ingredients or by the addition of natural amino acid supplements. Many grains and seeds are deficient in lysine and methionine. These two essential amino acids are added to L’Avian Plus Products.

Alamine (L-Alamine): Aids in metabolism of glucose.
Arginine (L-Arginine): Aids in proper liver functions.
Asparagine (L-Asparagine): Central nervous system.
Aspartic Acid (L-Aspartic Acid): Improves stamina.
Glutamic Acid (L-Glutamic Acid): Glucose conversion.
Glycine (L-Glycine): Central nervous system, muscles.
Histidine (L-Histidine): Growth and repair of tissues.
Isoleucine (L-Isoleucine): Hemoglobin formation.
Leucine (L-Leucine): Controls blood sugar levels.
Lysine (L-Lysine): Growth and bone development. Deficient in many grains, seeds and other ingredients. Added to most L’Avian Plus products.
Methionine (DL-Methionine): Helps breakdown fats, acts to detoxify blood, aids in development of bone, skin, coats, feathers, etc. Excellent source of sulfur. Added to most L’Avian Plus products. Maintains urine pH.
Phenylalanine (L-Phenylalanine): Nervous system.
Proline (L-Proline): Skin and coat.
Serine (L-Serine): Muscles, metabolism of fats, immune system.
Taurine (L-Taurine): The main building block of all amino acids. Helps prevent heart problems. Especially important in feeding ferrets.
Threonine (L-Threonine): Formation of collagen. Helps repair skin.
Valine (L-Valine): Muscle development, tissue repair.

There are other known amino acids. Those listed in this glossary are the key essential and non-essential amino acids which when used in proper amounts in a balanced diet become critical to sound nutrition. Supplementing high levels of any amino acids without regard to its role in working with other nutrients is not recommended.