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MAY 11, 2015 by DR. ELDON DAHL
Think All Amino Acids are the Same? The Shocking Revelation!

Amino acids are either produced by fermentation or by chemical extraction and the differences are discovered by delivery to the cell. Did you know that cheaper grades of amino acids are derived from human sewage, duck feathers, or human hair, and are chemically produced?

Did you know you have a choice being produced with vegan-based sources? Fermented production involves up to 30 enzymes for greater cellular delivery, chemical extraction uses only 8 enzymes  

Before buying amino acids read what is on the label or check the company’s website in order to see if was produced by fermentation, and is non-GMO with no risk of cross contamination. Some brands are produced by corn but no guarantee that the corn was not GMO. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or are concerned with being Kosher, Halal, or avoiding the risk of BSE/TSE contamination, you should be reading your labels.

A Selection of Amino Acids:

  • L-Tryptophan
  • A&O
  • L-Lysine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • L-Arginine
  • N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • DLPA
  • L-Glycine
  • Gaba
  • L-Taurine

See for yourself these manufacturers willingly provide signed statements reinforcing that their amino acids are made without the use of GMO materials, sewage, feathers, hair, or similar animal byproducts
Below is an example of the process used to manufacture a typical amino acid (click to enlarge):

Human Hair
or Duck Feather ---> Neutralize ---> Deposition ---> Dissolve --->
Filtrate ---> Decolor ---> Refine ---> Centrifuge ---> L-Tyrosine

Compare this with the manufacturing process for fermentation Tryptophan (click to enlarge):

And did you know L-Tryptophan can also cross the blood-brain barrier, yet most brands don’t?

For therapeutic applications manufacturers must maintain a consistent high quality in all of their formulations, and this means using USP grade raw material from reliable suppliers. If ingredients are purchased based on price point rather than purity they will not produce noticeable results. In life you get what you pay for and so with amino acids, look for manufacturers who produce cGMP, pharmaceutical grade amino acids and the differences will be astounding.  

To the discerning customer, this matters. Customers who frequent health food stores or buy online care about what they are putting into their bodies, and are looking to purchase quality they can trust. Quality never costs--it’s an investment when knowing the long-term rewards.

In short, if you're looking for high quality, you're looking in the right place.

Eldon Dahl is a trained naturopath, and the Founder and CEO of Life Choice Ltd. Est. 1986

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