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18. I have seen quite a few amino acid supplements in health food stores lately. Are these considered nutrients? Are they as important as vitamins?

Amino acids are the building blocks of one of our most important nutrients-protein. Every cell in our body contains (and needs) protein. It's used to build new tissue and repair damaged cells, as well as to make hormones and enzymes, keep the acid-alkaline blood content balanced, and eliminate the unwanted garbage, among other things. As protein is digested, it's broken down into smaller compounds called amino acids. When these amino acids reach the cells in your body, they're formed into protein again. And the cycle is repeated.

The importance of vitamins and amino acids in nutrition is equal, because you'll get no value from one without the proper amount of the other.

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