Essential amino acid requirements

River Mouse riverthemouse at
Sun Dec 12 18:26:34 EST 1999

I'm reading that without an adequate balance of the eight essential amino
acids, the body is incapable of synthesizing tissue from protein. Instead,
surplus protein is reduced to simpler proteins for synthesizing
non-essential amino acids and/or converted to glucose and potentially to

Another poster suggested that an excessive surplus could also result in the
formation of ill-defined muscle with the potential to break down more
easily. (Bulky versus lean muscle).

What ratio are the eight essential proteins needed in? Do these ratios
change in repairing muscles under extreme duress, i.e. in weightlifting?

Where can I find reference for the levels of the essential amino acids
contained in common foods? My particular interest is in vegan foods.

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