by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© February 2019, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Most People Do Not Obtain Enough Amino Acids
Overcooking Can Damage Protein
We Recommend A Powerful Digestive Enzyme To Assist Protein Digestion
Variety Is Important In The Diet
Amino Acids And Cancer
All Sulfur-Bearing Amno Acids Are Chelators
Mercury And Sulfur-Bearing Amino Acids
1. Biochemical definition. Amino acids are chemical compounds that contain both a amino group (-NH2) and a carboxyl group (-COOH). Some also contain phosphorus and sulfur.
2. Nutritional definition. Amino acids are small molecules that are the building blocks of all proteins in the body. They are an extremely important group of chemicals and they are essential nutrients. Some amino acids are made inside the body, but many must be obtained from the diet.
Classification. Amino acids are often classified in groups that include sulfur-bearing amino acids, branched chain amino acids, and others such as aliphatic, aromatic, hydrophilic, and hydrophobic.
Acid-forming. All proteins and amino acids are acid-forming in the body. Some people do not want to eat them for this reason. We find this to be a huge mistake. They are vital for health and for development.
This article contains comments about amino acids from the perspective of development. For details about development, read Introduction
and other articles about development on this website.
SOURCES OF AMINO ACIDS
We recommend obtaining amino acids by eating protein-rich foods. These include red meats, dark meat chicken and turkey, eggs, cheese, sardines, and occasionally legumes such as dried beans. While one can take amino acid supplements, they are all more yin and this is not helpful for most people.
Supplements. One can buy amino acid supplements that are either:
- Hydrolyzed protein. This means protein that has been broken down and is therefore somewhat pre-digested.
- Free form or isolated amino acids. These are usually synthesized or grown from fungal organisms.
We rarely recommend amino acid supplements because they are all quite yin and this is harmful. They are also very rarely needed, even in cancer cases, if one eats properly and takes GB-3 or other pancreatin and ox bile supplements to assist protein digestion. They might be needed for a short time in very severe cancer cases.
AMINO ACID METABOLISM
After eating protein-rich foods, our digestive system must break down the protein into its individual amino acids. Then they must be reassembled or resynthesized into all of the proteins of our bodies. This requires:
- The proper diet.
- Simple food combinations to allow better digestion. Ideally, eat protein food first during meals.
- Thorough chewing of protein foods.
- Good digestion of protein in the stomach, which most people do not have.
- Good absorption of amino acids in the small intestine. This is also a problem for many people today due to damage to the digestive system.
- Healthy liver activity to store and then assemble or synthesize amino acids into thousands of proteins, enzymes, hormones and other protein-containing chemicals needed by the body. This is rare today!
- Healthy protein synthesis in the nucleus of every cell in the body. This is also a problem for most people who have toxic metals and other blocks to protein synthesis.
- Adequate circulation to carry amino acids and finished proteins around the body to wherever they are needed. This is also a problem for many people.
Most people do not obtain the right balance of amino acids in their diet. This slows or stops their development. The reasons for this are:
- Low-protein diets
- Fasting or intermittent fasting
- Extreme or unbalanced diets. These include all vegetarian diets, raw food diets, vegan diets and others.
We recommend eating protein with every meal and animal quality protein twice every day, but not more often. For details, read Food For Daily Use.
Overcooking damages the availability of amino acids in protein foods. A term used to describe this common problem is denaturing of protein. Do not overcook protein foods. For details, read Cooking.
We recommend a powerful digestive aid to assist protein digestion. We recommend a combination of ox bile and pancreatin, which we find works best to assist protein digestion.
Enzyme supplements such as papain and bromelain are not as powerful. They are also more yin, which is not helpful.
So-called vegetable enzymes are more yin and made from fungal organisms. This is less helpful for development and causes reactions in some people.
Hydrochloric acid and pepsin supplements are okay, but not as good as ox bile and pancreatin. Dehydrocholic acid supplements and Russian black radish are also good.
Variety Is Important With Protein Foods. A mistake some people make is to only eat one or two protein foods. This almost guarantees that one will not obtain enough amino acids in the diet. We strongly recommend eating some red meat (see below), dark meat chicken, sardines and eggs.
Criollo beef. The breed of beef influences the amino acids that one obtains. An excellent but largely unknown breed of cattle to supply the right balance of amino acids is criollo.
Criollo is a slightly smaller breed of cow that is not widely raised because it does not produce quite as much meat as the common breeds such as angus, kobe and others. However, it is excellent and we highly recommend it for fast development. One source is the Broken Horn D Ranch in Prescott, Arizona. They ship frozen beef and can be reached at (928) 708-9385.
Cancer and amino acids. Those with cancer have a serious conflict involving amino acids. On one hand, their serum albumin and globulin levels are often low, and this impairs healing.
However, they all have a reduced capacity to digest protein, so it is more difficult for them to obtain the amino acids they require. In addition, amino acids are acid-forming and their bodies are all too acidic to begin with. To resolve this conflict, read Introduction To Cancer.
This leads some cancer specialists to restrict protein intake for cancer patients. We agree with this and we recommend avoiding all red meat and all eggs. These two food groups are not only high in protein. They are also high in iron, of which cancer patients all have too much.
(Blood tests of cancer patients often reveal anemia, but this is often not due to low iron. Giving iron to a cancer patient is usually harmful. For details, read Anemias.)
Some cancer specialists also recommend amino acid supplements for their patients. We do not agree with this practice because the supplements are too yin and very costly. We find they are not necessary if the person:
- Eats the correct diet containing the amino acids.
- Observes the correct food combinations
- Takes GB-3 or a similar product that contains ox bile and pancreatin and Russian black radish.
Names. These include the amino acids methionine, homocysteine and cysteine. Often, authorities also include taurine in this group of chemicals, although it is technically not an amino acid.
Functions. These are among the most important of the amino acids. Their main purpose is to help with the flexibility of connective tissue, and they are also absolutely essential for detoxification in the liver and elsewhere.
Glutathione. Glutathione synthesis requires them. For example, cysteine can be the rate-limiting step in the production of glutathione. Glutathione is an important molecule for liver detoxification. We do not supplement it mainly because the supplements are too yin. Instead, we suggest eating red meats, eggs, and a lot of onions and cruciferous vegetables that contain sulfur-containing amino acids.
Chelators. All of the sulfur-containing amino acids are weak chelators. This means they can bind with metals in the body such as copper, lead and a few others.
Unfortunately, chelators also remove vital minerals along with the toxic ones. This is a serious problem with all chelating substances. One must exercise caution with sulfur-containing amino acids for this reason.
This is also the main reason we never recommend chelation therapy for metal detoxification. A development program works better and is much safer. For details, read Chelation Therapy.
Food sources. Sulfur-containing amino acids are found naturally in a wide range of foods. Among the most important are meats, eggs, some well-cooked beans and some seeds such as sesame.
The onion family - garlic, onions, scallions, green onions – are high in these chemicals, as well.
Other vegetables that are rich in sulfur are the cabbage family (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts), and the radish family of vegetables. However, these are not quite as rich in sulfur as onions, scallions and garlic, along with the meats and eggs. The sulfur is usually more abundant and in a more usable form in animal foods.
Supplements. Sulfur-containing amino acids are widely sold as isolated supplements. They include L-taurine, N-acetyl-cysteine, methionine, cysteine, glutathione, MSM or methylsulfonyl methane, alpha-lipoic acid and others.
Some herbs also contain sulfur amino acids such as bugleweed, yellow dock and some others. They tend to have a yellowish color, as this is the color of sulfur.
Other. Sulfur-containing amino aicds are part of chelation drugs (EDTA, DMPS and others) and other chelating substances such as chlorella and cilantro.
SULFUR AMINO ACIDS IN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Taurine for four lows pattern. L-Taurine is the only sulfur-containing amino acid used regularly in development programs, and this is only when a four lows pattern is present. I am not sure why, but L-taurine works excellently in this situation. To learn more, please read the article entitled, Taurine on this website.
MERCURY AND SULFUR-BEARING AMINO ACIDS
Some nutrition authorities say that mercury irreversibly binds to sulfyhdryl groups, which involve cysteine. We do not agree with this because, in all cases, we are able to slowly remove mercury from the body.
An article related to this one is Protein.