Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are essential to metabolic processes, including transportation and storage of all the major nutrients within the body. This includes carbohydrates, fat, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and even water.
A lack of amino acids in the diet has been linked to obesity, high-cholesterol, diabetes, infertility, and even insomnia. Arthritis can also be traced back to metabolic disturbances from an amino acid deficiency. Amino acid deficiencies can also lead to hair loss and, in some cases, wrinkle formation.
If you’re in the market for a quick boost to your metabolic function, a way to help you heal your arthritic pain, or merely reduce inflammation, give our Amino Acid Smoothie a try. It’s full of amino acid-rich fruits and veggies. Plus an added scoop of our VeggieShake blends are chock full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant goodies.
In this smoothie recipe, the goji berries and the buckwheat are the standouts. Goji berries are a red, sweetly tart berry similar to cranberries, rich in potassium, and 18 different amino acid proteins. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants including vitamins A and C that help to fight free radicals in your body.
Buckwheat, while a grain, is also a complete protein full of amino acids. It's exceptionally high in the amino acids arginine and lysine, which have been linked to decreased insulin levels in those with type 2 diabetes. Buckwheat is also gluten-free, so it’s an ideal carb alternative for those with gluten sensitivities.
Because both goji berries and buckwheat can have a slightly bitter taste, try to use ripe bananas to balance out the flavor. The addition of a date (or two) or your favorite natural sweetener for extra flavoring is an option.