ACID THERAPY FOR HEPATITIS C
WHAT ARE AMINO ACIDS?
AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WITH HEPATITIS C (HCV)?
Amino acids are the “building
blocks” of protein, protein is necessary to sustain life. Since the
liver plays an important role in assimilating amino acids, poor liver
function (as can be caused by hepatitis C) can affect overall levels
“Amino Acid Therapy” is
a branch of medicine that is used for all kinds of disorders and disease.
Matthew Dolan explains the overall importance of amino acids with
respect to Hepatitis C patients and the idea behind a therapy that emphasizes
amino acid therapy, “ ... it is founded on the belief that some individuals
or sections of the population have imbalanced amino acid profiles
that are associated with ill health. The aim of the therapy is the
correction of these imbalances... it appears that HCV patients constitute
a group with a serious pattern of deficiency.” It is thought by therapists
that correcting the deficiency and maintaining the proper balance of amino acids
can assist in healing Hepatitis C and improvement in health.
Here is a condensed list
of facts about the functions of amino acid and their importance in
the body (for a more detailed explanation of these refer to the book
Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F Balch):
Proteins are chains of amino
acids linked together by what are called peptide bonds
Each protein in the body
is tailored for a specific need and they are not interchangeable
Proteins that make up the
human body are not obtained directly from diet. Protein from the diet
is broken down into amino acids which the body uses to build the specific
proteins it needs.
Amino acids enable vitamins
and minerals to perform their functions. Vitamins and minerals that
are absorbed and assimilated into the body they cannot be effective
unless the necessary amino acids are present.
The liver produces about
80% of the amino acids needed. The remaining 20% must be obtained
by the diet.
Essential amino acids must
enter the body through diet, whereas nonessential amino acids can
be manufactured by the body from other amino acids obtained from dietary
Nonessential amino acids
does not mean they unnecessary, it means the body manufactures them.
The phrase branched-chain amino acids or BCAA is sometimes used to refer to the amino acids having aliphatic side-chains that are non-linear. These are leucine, isoleucine and valine.
If even one essential amino
acid is missing, the body cannot continue proper protein synthesis
Even if you have a well
balanced diet that contains enough protein, there are many factors
that can contribute to deficiencies of amino acids: impaired absorption,
stress, drug use, age, infection among others.
Having a high protein diet
is not the answer to getting more amino acids, since excess protein
puts stress on the liver.
You can get amino acids
from various multivitamin formulas, protein mixtures, food supplements
and amino acid formulas. The majority of amino acid supplements are
derived from animal protein, yeast protein, or vegetable protein.
Some amino acids are NOT available from vegetable protein. Therefore, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, you are more susceptible to amino acid deficiency because protein in plant sources doesn’t contain all the amino acids that your body needs.
Amino acid therapy is thought to be helpful in improving the health of those living with Hepatitis C and it is also used by some for reducing depression and anxiety.
Review of research shows, "Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA)supplementation appears to be associated with decreased frequency of complications of cirrhosis and improved nutritional status when prescribed as maintenance therapy [for those with liver disease]".
HEP C E-BOOKS
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE
THE FIRST E-BOOKS ON THE WEB TO BE EXCLUSIVELY DEVOTED TO NATURAL
SOLUTIONS FOR HEP C. Ideal for interferon NON-RESPONDERS, those
on interferon seeking ADJUNCT THERAPY, those who seek ALL NATURAL
TREATMENT and those who had to stop interferon.