Amino Acids and Protein
Proteins are comprised of amino acids. They can be broken down into two types, essential and non-essential amino acids.
Essential Amino Acids
There are 9 essential amino acids. They are considered "essential" because the human body cannot manufacture them so they must be
attained through food or supplements. These 9 essential amino acids are:
Of the above nine; L-Leucine, L-Valine and L-Isoleucine are called the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA).
Non-Essential Amino Acids
There are 11 nonessential amino acids - they aren't considered "nonessential" due to any nutritional reasons - it is just that the body
can manufacture them on its own. These nonessential amino acids are:
L-Aspartic acid (C4H7NO4)
L-Glutamic acid (C5H9NO4)