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Amino acids are the chemicals that make up proteins. The human body needs 20 different amino acids to function properly.
Some amino acids are made by the body, while others, called essential amino acids, can be obtained only from foods.
Current as of: December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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