essential amino acid

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essential amino acid

[i′sen·chəl ə′mē·nō ‚as·əd]
(biochemistry)
Any of eight of the 20 naturally occurring amino acids that are indispensable for optimum animal growth but cannot be formed in the body and must be supplied in the diet.
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Scientists have long known that whey, a complete protein providing both essential and non-essential amino acids, provides benefits for immunity, cancer support, and athletic training.
ALONG with carbohydrates and fat, your body needs protein - a nutrient made up of essential and non-essential amino acids - for good health.
This provides for users to receive all of the essential and non-essential amino acids, plus the full complement of whey proteins, including bioactive Immunoglobulin (IgG), Lactoferrin (LF) and Glycomacropeptide (GMP).

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