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Importance of Protein & The Functions in the Body that Essential Amino Acids Support

Our muscle tissue is made of proteins and our body needs 20 different amino acids to grow and function properly.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  11 of the amino acids are non essential, meaning our body can make them.  The remaining 9 must come from food on a daily basis and are known as essential amino acids (EAAs).  They include leucine, isoleucine, valine, histidine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, and tryptophan.

What do the nine essential amino acids help with?

  1. Histidine: helps your body produce histamines, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in your immune health, gastric secretion and sexual function.
  2. Leucine: is one of the three branched-chain amino acids (BCAAS).  It helps your body regulate blood sugar, process protein and repair your muscles and bones.
  3. Isoleucine: (isolated leucine) plays a large part in your body’s muscle metabolism, energy and stress production. Isoleucine also stimulates your immune system. It’s one of the three BCAAs.
  4. Lysine: helps boost your body process and use calcium, promoting collagen development.
  5. Methionine: Required for growth and tissue repair, methionine helps protect your cells from pollutants as well as slows cell aging and helps your body absorb selenium and zinc.
  6. Phenylalanine: Your body converts phenylalanine to tyrosine, a non-essential amino acid that produces neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.
  7. Threonine: is an important amino acid for your nervous system and helps prevent fat buildup in the liver.
  8. Tryptophan: is converted into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate appetite, sleep, mood and pain.
  9. Valine: helps your body maintain good cognitive function and muscle coordination. It’s one of the three BCAAs.

 Which complete proteins can I eat with all 9 amino acids?

Complete protein food is mostly animal based, however, there are some plant-based foods that are complete proteins as well.  Whether you are plant-based, vegan or a frequent meat-eater, there are plenty of ways to get protein into your daily diet.

Animal-Derived Complete Proteins:

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Pork
  • Beef

Plant-Based Complete Proteins:

  • Non-GMO organic soy
  • Quinoa
  • Hemp
  • Buckwheat
  • Chia seeds

How much protein do I need?

The daily intake of protein depends on age, activity level, weight and some other factors. A good guideline is approximately 0.8-1.2 grams per kilogram of bodyweight; without any special circumstances, or heavy training.  As soon as heavy training or fat loss comes into the picture then protein intake needs to increase.  So, whether you are looking to maximize your potential for your workouts, or just be as healthy as possible consuming enough protein is vital and provides you with the EAAs you need. If you’re not getting enough protein check out our Vykon Whey Protein Isolate from New Zealand and our Vegan Organic Brown Rice Protein, both with all natural ingredients.

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Lisa Square
Vykon Supplements founded by Lisa Pitel-Killah, Hair Mineral Analysis Expert & Educator, Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Functional Diagnostic Practitioner, and multi-time Kettlebell Sport World Champion.  Her animal study includes Holistic Carnivore and Equine Nutritionist and advanced Animal HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis). Lisa is the host of the Human Optimization podcast and the co-host of the annual HTMA Virtual Summit, bringing mineral education to the masses.  The science of HTMA can identify exactly what your body, or your animal’s body, needs to thrive.  Customize, simplify, and revitalize life with Vykon.


Sue’s background includes being a two sport athlete in University and a member of Ontario Field Hockey team. She completed her CIS eligibility in College for photojournalism following 25 years as a photojournalist. Supporting two daughters through competitive hockey, Sue discovered her passion for Holistic Nutrition and returned to study at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, graduating with her Certified Nutrition Practitioner designation. She has a strong passion for supporting people through chronic stress. Sue enjoys time on the water, has her Level 1 SUP certification and recently started racing.


Kailan spent her youth on her family farm; from a young age she developed an interest in how the mental and physical wellness of animals can impact their bonding and performance. After improving the health of her equine companions, she has had some pivotal moments resulting in multiple national championship titles. Her inherent passion for health coupled with her degree in engineering has led her on this journey to help humans and animals alike realize the benefits of optimized health.  

Kailan’s goal is to enlighten others to the resources available, aid in resolving root cause of barriers and breakdown misconceptions surrounding poor behavioural patterns.


Yielding over a decade of professionalism in design and entrepreneurship, Grace is in charge of the many multimedia projects at Vykon. With an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, her artistic eye and a flair for creativity brings a unique touch to every project she undertakes. When she’s not working, Grace enjoys trying new recipes, watching movies and spending an afternoon in an art gallery.