Why is a complete amino acid profile important?

by Izzy Tector

Have you ever considered the secret to achieving strong health and vitality? The key to this question exists in the microscopic, yet formidable building blocks of life: amino acids. These macromolecules are the engineers of our health: building bones, muscles, and skin. From the development of hormones and brain chemicals to the seamless facilitation of digestion, strengthening of immunity, and maintenance of healthy hair, skin, and nails, amino acids coordinate a multitude of essential functions with their unique sequences. 

A protein is like a team of 20 different players (amino acids). The human body acts as the coach, bringing the 11 players (nonessential amino acids) together. The different foods we consume recruit the remaining 9 players, essential for a complete team. Just as key players are crucial for a team's peak performance, these 9 essential amino acids are vital for our body's growth and nitrogen balance. 

A wholesome and diverse diet is critical since our bodies cannot synthesize essential amino acids. Medical professionals promote the integration of various plant protein sources into our daily intake to secure the whole spectrum of all 9 essential amino acids. While animal protein such as eggs, meat, fish, and dairy boasts a complete amino acid profile, the plant kingdom does have its gems too! 

Meet Chocho, the powerhouse plant protein that boasts all 9 essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. These amino acids are key contributors in supporting our nervous, reproductive, immune, and digestive systems. Their benefits go beyond muscle building, covering functions like immune system support, blood sugar regulation, assistance in mineral absorption, and hormone balancing.

Although it’s practical to obtain all 9 essential amino acids through a blend of plant proteins, Chocho simplifies the process by delivering them all in a single ingredient! Curious about alternative complete plant proteins available on the market? Chocho takes the lead with an impressive 20 grams of protein per serving, surpassing popular plant protein sources like hemp, pea, and soy.

When it comes to your protein intake, quantity should not overshadow quality. Mikuna offers a high protein, nutrient dense choice that focuses on your wellness. Our mission is to provide a convenient resolution for optimizing your body’s performance. High up in the Andes Mountains, we proudly refer to our chocho as a superfood for a reason- it's a testament to the brand’s commitment to your wellbeing.



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