Amino acids in diet can augment cardiovascular health

Amino acids form the basics of life. They are the building blocks of protein which stand responsible for the proper structure and function of our body. These entities make up our genes, and their different schemes of arrangement results in the vast variation present in human life.

Recent studies have found that a diet that is rich in amino acids can boost cardiovascular health in women, and its importance is the same as that of leaving cigarettes and alcohol, and reducing salt for the sake of a healthier lifestyle.

Subsequent studies in this area have also claimed that eatables such as dairy products, milk, meat, fish, spinach, lentils, broccoli and beans aid in reducing arterial stiffness and in lowering raised blood pressure.

According to Dr. Amy Jennings from the University of East Anglia (UEA), ‘reduction in arterial stiffness’ part can be associated with the magnitude of change that was present in the absence of smoking.

She states that it is quite surprising to see that the amount of effect of an amino acid rich diet is same on cardiovascular health as that of what is seen in the case of established lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption and high salt intake.

Study conducted by Dr Jennings and her team upon 1898 women who were twins and possessed a healthy BMI, where the effect of seven amino acids (arginine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, leucine, and tyrosine) was observed upon the cardio vascular health of these subjects. Clinical records of their blood pressure and blood vessel health were maintained along with a check on their diet, which revealed the fact that an adequate intake of amino acids in diet is necessary.

Reduced arterial stiffness was more associated with meat intake whereas plant sources in the food had more to do with reduced blood pressure.