Proteins & Amino Acids

9 Warning Signs You Could be Protein Deficient

Proteins are chains made up of amino acids, that are linked together like beads on a string, form proteins, which differ based on which aminos are used and in what order. For example, a hair protein has a different string than a muscle protein.

There are 22 known amino acids, but our bodies only need 8 of them to construct all of its proteins. These are called “essential amino acids” because we cannot live without them; they must be a part of our dietary intake. PerfectAmino is an all natural amino acid supplement that gives the body the exact balance of the 8 essential amino acids. It solves the problem of not having enough protein, in the right balance.

Amino acid deficiencies can lead to a host of issues including:

  1. Hormone problems
  2. Weight gain
  3. Decreased metabolism
  4. Osteoporosis
  5. Immune system problems
  6. Insufficient healing
  7. Digestive problems
  8. Slow muscle recovery
  9. Chronic fatigue

Weight Loss

For anyone wanting to lose weight, the key is taking in less calories than those which are burned. Proteins have 4 calories per gram and so to restrict calories, protein intake is often also decreased to a level below what is required to keep the body healthy. By substituting food proteins once or twice a day with PerfectAmino, 300-600 calories a day can be saved and weight can be lost more quickly without the body breaking down.

Vegans & Vegetarians

Almost all vegetarians are protein deficient. While eating a vegetarian diet has many health benefits, it lacks optimal amounts of essential amino acids. This causes poorer body performance and health. PerfectAmino is vegan sourced and can be supplemented so that the vegetarian does not suffer from lack of protein. Since PerfectAmino is 99% used by the body, it does not produce acidity in the body the way animal proteins do, so it can contribute to an alkaline condition in the body.


Growing bodies need essential amino acids but most children don’t eat enough protein. Processed junk food is all too common for a child’s diet these days, and getting them to eat healthy can be a chore for many parents. You can give PerfectAmino to children. It only takes a few tablets a day to make a difference and allow optimum growth, bone health, immune health and intelligence.

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Protein Comparison Chart


During exercise and training, the structural proteins in the body are damaged. Muscle fibers are torn and stress is put on the body. This breakdown causes the soreness felt after hard workouts, and sometimes injury. To repair and rebuild, the body needs the essential amino acids in abundance. And because most people do not get enough in their diets to maximize this, repair occurs slowly or not at all and soreness and injury can result. A lowering of immune proteins can also occur and result an illness. By taking adequate amounts of the 8 essential amino acids in PerfectAmino, repair can quickly and fully occur.


Senior citizens almost always have protein malnutrition. They often have low stomach acid, and so have impaired protein digestion. Poor teeth make it difficult to chew meats, and tend to eat less quality protein than required. This leads to weak muscles, easier falls, soft bones with increased risk of fracture, low neurotransmitter levels that can cause depression, poor memory, and poor sleep. Seniors should always be supplementing with the 8 essential amino acids to improve their condition.

Low Hormone Levels

For both males and females who have low hormone levels. Many of the body’s essential hormones are made of protein - growth hormone, thyroid hormone, insulin and others. Sometimes when the body is not getting enough protein, it will not be able to make the levels of hormones that should be present. This leads to premature aging, fatigue, weight gain, and other problems. By adding PerfectAmino, the body can get enough essential amino acids to enable it to manufacture hormones in the amounts needed.

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5 x Team USA Member, Director of Health Innovation Technologies, Blue Shield of CA & his son

Cherie Gruenfeld,
12-time World Ironman Triathlon age-group Champion (72 years old)

Luis Alvarez,
124-time Full Ironman Finisher

Lesley Paterson,
XTERRA European Champion

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For people with fatigue. Energy production is protein dependent. The parts of the cell that manufacture energy out of food are made of protein and the enzymes that actually create the energy particle (ATP) are made of protein. So getting enough essential amino acids has a lot to do with being energetic.

Menopausal Women

Most menopausal women are protein deficient and a lot of the symptoms of fatigue, altered mood, poor sleep, dull hair, fragile finger nails, and bone loss may be the result. Having sufficient quantities and proper balance of the 7 essential amino acids, they will be able to optimize their body proteins, including hormones, neurotransmitters, hair, nails and bone.

The 8 Essential Amino Acids

  1. L-Tryptophan, which encourages the release of serotonin and melatonin.
  2. L-Lysine HCI, which is important for proper growth and plays an essential role in converting fatty acids into energy.
  3. L-Methionine, which supplies sulphur and other compounds required by the body for normal metabolism and growth.
  4. L-Valine, which is needed for muscle metabolism, tissue repair, and the maintenance of proper nitrogen balance in the body.
  1. L-Leucine, which stimulates muscle protein synthesis and may be the major fuel involved in anabolic (tissue-building) reactions.
  2. L-Isoleucine, which is important for blood sugar regulation, muscle development and repair, and energy regulation.
  3. L-Threonine, which is important for antibody production.
  4. L-Phenylalanine, which stimulates certain hormones, including adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are activating substances in the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Nitrogen Waste

When eating protein-rich foods, you are forced to eat everything else that comes with it. For example, if you have a 9oz steak for dinner, even if you properly chewed your meat, have sufficient stomach acids to break it down, and the quality of the beef was decent, you might get 32% of the protein for the body to use. However, your body also has a lot of waste that must be processed, which is nitrogen waste. And… you also get all of the fat and calories, plus any hormones or chemicals that were involved with raising the cow, not to mention the calories, gluten and sugars with the vegetables, rice and rolls.

PerfectAmino is pure, pharmaceutical-grade amino acids without any additives, fillers, preservatives or excipients. It is GMO-free, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and is vegan sourced. So when it goes into your stomach, it dissolves and goes straight into your system, bypassing the intestines.

Liver or Kidney Disease

For many with liver or kidney disease, they must be on protein restricted diets because their bodies can’t eliminate the nitrogen waste from proteins. This can lead to body breakdown, immune suppression, and premature death. PerfectAmino can safely be given to these patients because it produces less than 1% nitrogen waste, so they can get their full amounts of required essential amino acids and not suffer the breakdown that occurs when these are not present.

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For people who are detoxing. All of the detox pathways in the body are dependent on essential amino acids. Since most people are protein deficient (essential amino acid deficient) they will detox slower or with more difficulty. By adding the 8 essential amino acids, the detox process can be sped up significantly and is much easier.

Pregnant Women & Nursing Mothers

For pregnant women and nursing mothers, the protein needs are much higher. Many do not eat enough essential amino acids to protect their body from breakdown and to build a baby. By adding PerfectAmino, the mother can preserve her lean body tissue and help make a perfect baby.

Dr. David I. Minkoff M.D.

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked for more than 20 years in the area of traditional medicine before making the switch to alternative medicine when he and his wife, Sue, founded LifeWorks Wellness Center in Clearwater.

LifeWorks is now one of this country’s foremost alternative health clinics, offering a wide range of cutting-edge protocols.

In 2000, Dr. Minkoff founded BodyHealth, a nutrition company which offers a unique range of dietary supplements to the public and practitioners. Dr. Minkoff is passionate about fitness and is a 41-time Ironman finisher, including eight appearances at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. He also writes two weekly newsletters, The Optimum Health Report and the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter.

Amino Acid Deficiency in Athletes

Dr. David I. Minkoff M.D.

As a nutritionally oriented MD and an avid runner, my goal is to help restore and maintain optimum health for everyone I see. An athlete in peak health can enjoy running and can keep their youthful performance levels far beyond what they believe is possible. At 67, I’m not as fast as I was, but I’m just as intent on improving my performance and continue to look for things that make me feel better, have more energy, recover faster and build strength.

Years ago, I found myself with an amino acid deficiency that was manifesting as a nagging hamstring injury for 4 years. I came upon a specific formulation of amino acids that I had never seen before and started taking it. Within 4 weeks, my hamstring was healed and I was able to do long, hard workouts. That year, I competed in the Ironman Canada Triathlon and improved my best finish time ever.

Other world-class runners & triathletes started taking it and began experiencing incredible results, winning races and being able to sustain their workout gains longer.

You have heard about protein and amino acids, but do you know what they are and how they work?

Simplified, protein is what the body’s structure is made of. Bones, muscles, hair, organs, immune cells and many hormones are all proteins.

For a muscle to get stronger, it must add protein to its existing mass. When muscles work hard, they build up lactic acid. Muscle cells have enzymes to breakdown lactic acid and these enzymes are also proteins.

Proteins are chains made up of amino acids. These are linked together (like beads on a string) to form proteins, which differ based on which aminos are used and in what order. For instance, a hair protein has a different string of aminos than a muscle protein.

There are 22 known amino acids, but our bodies only need 8 of them to construct all of its proteins. These are called “essential amino acids” because we cannot live without them; they must be part of our dietary intake.

After a hard workout, muscle cells need to rebuild their proteins. If the aminos they need are unavailable to the cell at that time, those proteins will not be built. And the whole sequence of repair will be incomplete or delayed. As a result, new muscle growth won’t happen or happens belatedly, so the training effect one expects does not happen, and even worse, you breakdown and get inured.

The same thing happens with many proteins that our immune system is made of. After a hard workout or competition, if there isn’t enough protein intake to complete the repair process and keep your immune system proteins at the optimum level, you can get sick. Bottom line: we need the proteins that will give us the correct proportions of the eight essential amino acids, in a form that the body can use easily, without excess nitrogen waste.

Athletes become deficient in amino acids for many reasons, including thinking they’re getting enough from their meals or supplements, when in-fact they many not be.

We evaluate sources of protein from our diets based on how well they supply us with the eight essential aminos, and how well the body can use them to build up the body structure. The term “Amino Acid Utilization” (AAU) measures what percentage of a protein is being utilized by the body. If the protein is in the wrong proportion of aminos, or in the wrong form, it gets turned into waste, or burned as calories. And since proteins have nitrogen at their core, you can measure how much nitrogen was actually used, as opposed to how much became waste. Proteins that are used well will have a high AAU rate.

Eggs are the best food, having 48% utilization. Meat/Poultry is 32% and of note is whey protein, which has only 18%, so 82% becomes excess calories or waste that the body must use its resources in order to eliminate.

PerefectAmnino has the exact amino acid formula, with an AAU of 99%, supplying the cells with all of the essential amino acids, in the precise proportions so they can make the protein immediately. It reaches your blood stream in 23 minutes, making it immediately available to every cell. This translates into faster and more complete recovery, improved lactic acid clearance, bigger and better strength gains, improved immune system, stronger tendons, bones and ligaments.

In medical studies, athletes who were taking this formulation, after one month of use, had impressive muscle strength changes and their lactic acid clearance improved by 16%.

PerfectAmino is not gene therapy and is not an illegal anabolic steroid or growth hormone. But given the genes that you have, you can maximize your health and performance, provided you give your body the exact nutrition it needs, when it needs it.

Because the body is 60% water and 19% protein, if you drink a lot of water and supplement your protein intake with PerfectAmino (especially before and after workouts) you can reach some of your maximal fitness goals faster. Labeled as “protein therapy”, PerfectAmino is best described as an anabolic un-steroid, allowing your body, through nutrition, to build itself up without any harmful drug effects.

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When is the best time to take protein if you are on a program of resistance training?

Dr. Frank Shallenberger | reprinted from Dr. Shallenberger's Second Opinion Newsletter
May 11, 2015

Is it right before exercise, right after, or some other time? The answer is in a new study in the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition, and it just might surprise you.

Researchers studied a group of 44 young, healthy men. They put them all on a resistance (weight lifting) exercise training program for three months. They gave half of them a protein supplement consisting of 27.5 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbohydrate, and 0.1 gram of fat every night before sleep. The other group received a non-caloric placebo. Before and after the experiment they used whole-body, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry to measure their muscle mass. They also assessed their muscle fibers using a muscle biopsy. And they measured the men's overall strength. Here's what they found.

Overall muscle strength in the protein before bed group was twice that in the placebo group. The same was true for muscle mass. The protein guys had developed almost two times more muscle mass than the placebo group. As for muscle fiber content, the protein group had increased more than twice the amount of type II muscle fiber size than the placebo men.

The authors of the study point out that previous studies have shown that, "Protein ingestion before sleep increases muscle protein synthesis rates during overnight recovery from an exercise bout." What they didn't know was whether or not that would translate to bigger, stronger muscles. This study shows that it very clearly does.

I have reported to you before how to exercise smart and get the same results from exercising half the time. Now this study shows us another trick to give us the maximum effect from our exercise efforts. Now here's an extra tip.

The 27.5 grams of protein powder that was given to these men was the typical kind of protein that is only 17% effective when it comes to muscle building. There are protein pills that are especially formulated to be close to 100% effective. They are called PerfectAmino (formerly MAP). I have reported on these pills before. And since they are so much more effective than the protein used in the study you don't need much of them. Just taking five PerfectAmino pills will give you a little more muscle action than the 27.5 grams of protein powder used in this study. And they are a lot easier on the stomach. You can get PerfectAmino at And one last thing. Don’t' forget the 15 grams of carbohydrate. Carbohydrate causes an increase in the hormone insulin which works to turn protein into muscle. So it is a perfect combination for the protein. 15 grams is about half of a small apple.


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