Amino Acid Science

Nutritional Management of Disease

The use of amino acids in disease management support the activities that impede or reverse the progression of cellular pathology and physiology. All innate cellular functions, defenses, and repair systems require a continuous supply of amino acids and nutrients to make up the shortfall as dietary intake fluctuates. Among the critical nutrient-dependent cellular defenses are free radical and cellular antioxidant enzymes, acute inflammatory responses, phagocytic and bactericidal activity, lymphocyte activation and proliferation, humoral and cell-mediated immunity, and the initiation and promotion of the coagulation cascade.

Amino acids and nutrients will modify nutrient fluxes and metabolic activities that are part of normal cellular processes whereas drugs will bind to membrane receptors and inhibit their activity to alter cell responsiveness. Nutrient requirements in the presence of disease are considerably higher than those that have been established to prevent the symptoms of the classic deficiency diseases. Providing certain amino acids and nutrients in the cycle of a disease can support increased metabolic demand of cellular systems, reducing the potential for permanent damage from the pathophysiological processes associated with the disease.