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Essential Amino Acids and Conditionally Essential Amino Acids

By July 22, 2013

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Alanine is an essential amino acid.You learn about amino acids in general chemistry and biochemistry. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and other molecules. Of the amino acids, some are considered to be 'essential', meaning you have to get them from your diet. Others are 'conditionally essential', meaning you need them at certain life stages or if you are genetically unable to synthesize certain amino acids or have a medical condition that prevents you from making them. Here is a description of these amino acids, plus a list of them... Learn more

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