Amino Acids

Amino acids are the buildings blocks used to make proteins. There areabout 80 amino acids in nature, but the human body needs only 20 ofthese for metabolism and growth. Essential amino acids are supplied bythe foods we eat. Nonessential amino acids are in foods, but they alsocan be produced by the body. Each protein consists of a different sequence of amino acids linked together according to the genetic information encoded in DNA.