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Amino acids are the chemicals that make up proteins. The human body
needs 20 different amino acids to function properly.
Some amino acids are made by the body, while others, called
essential amino acids, can be obtained only from foods.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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