Amino acids


Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins. When proteins are digested, amino acids are left. They are classified as either “essential” amino acids (which must be consumed in the diet), or “nonessential” amino acids (which can be made by the body from the essential amino acids).

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Last revised: December 2, 2012
by Arthur A. Poghosian, M.D.

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