If you are a vegetarian, the one thing you will be nagged by everyone (non-vegetarian) regarding the lack of your protein intake. Protein is very necessary to build a strong structure of your body. Before adapting protein rich diet, one should understand on how to protein works in your body and the required amount of protein your body needs.The answer to all such queries starts with amino acids.

Amino Acids are like building blocks of protein. They are a type of organic compound formed by carboxyl and amino group (-NH2). The amino acids are bonded together in long chains which we are known as proteins. Our body contains or requires 20 types of amino acids to function, some which are essential and other not so required as our body has a capacity to create few amino acids on its own.

Main 9 Essential Amino Acids are stated below:

  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Valine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan

The Non-Essential are stated below:

  • Alanine
  • Aspartic acid
  • Cysteine
  • Glutamic acid
  • Selenocysteine
  • Glutamine
  • Arginine
  • Asparagine
  • Tyrosine
  • Glycine
  • Pyrrolysine
  • Proline
  • Serine
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