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What Are the Benefits of Taking Amino Complete?

By Tina Szybisty, R.D.

Amino Complete is an amino acid supplement produced by Now Foods based out of Illinois. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein necessary for most bodily functions. Each bottle of Amino Complete contains 360 capsules and the recommended dosage is 4 capsules taken 1 to 3 times per day with or without meals and preferably with fruit juice. Consult with a physician before taking any supplements.

Stated Benefits

Now Foods recommends that Amino Complete be used by those with restricted diets or inadequate digestion. Taking Amino Complete may help in the needed functions that protein provides such as cell function, tissue integrity and enzyme and neurotransmitter production. Tissue integrity refers to healthy cell wall, skin and organ tissue. Neurotransmitters provide proper communication between cells and nerve fibers.

Ingredients

One serving of Amino Complete equals four capsules. Each serving contains 15 calories, 13 mg of vitamin B6 and 3 g of protein. The protein content is broken down into the following amino acids: 35 mg to 205 mg of nine essential amino acids and 24 mg to 454 mg of 12 non-essential amino acids. The amino acids are derived from the following ingredients: whey protein isolate, soy protein isolate, L-glutamine, L-arginine, sodium caseinate, L-ornithine and gelatin. Gelatin is an animal-based protein derived from collagen.

Other Ingredients

To help prevent the pills from becoming rancid, Amino Complete contains emulsifiers and other ingredients, such as magnesium stearate, silica and gelatin. Amino Complete does contain milk and soy-based ingredients. Now Foods states Amino Complete supplements contain no sugar, gluten, corn, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

Contraindications

There are no studies supporting benefits derived from amino acid supplements in healthy people. Those with digestive disorders, strict dietary restrictions or lack of appetite should first consult with their physician before taking amino acid supplements. The best way to receive, absorb and use amino acids is by eating food, according to Columbia University. Complete proteins containing all the essential amino acids are found in lean meats, poultry, eggs and fish. Incomplete amino acids, which simply means not all the essential amino acids are present, include plant-based foods such as whole grains, nuts and legumes.

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