Valine : The essential amino acid that is needed for muscle metabolism, tissue repair, and the maintenance of a proper nitrogen balance in the body.

  Valine is a member of the branched-chain amino acid family, along with leucine and isoleucine. The three branched-chain amino acids constitute approximately 70 percent of the amino acids in the body proteins. As such, their value in the formation and maintenance of structural and functional integrity in humans is unmeasured. Valine is an amino acid obtained by hydrolysis of proteins and was first isolated by the German chemist Emil Fischer in 1901 from casein and is not only an essential amino acid but is also a branched-chain amino acid ( the others are isoleucine and leucine) found in high concentration in the muscles.

Valine is an aliphatic amino acid that is closely related to leucine and isoleucine both in structure and function. These amino acids are extremely hydrophobic and are almost always found in the interior of proteins. They are also seldom useful in routine biochemical reactions, but are relegated to the duty of determining the three-dimensional structure of proteins due to their hydrophobic nature. They are also essential amino acids and must be obtained in the diet. Valine is incorporated into proteins and enzymes at the molar rate of 6.9 percent when compared to the other amino acids.

Function and Benefits of Valine

  • Valine, an essential amino acid, has a stimulant effect. It is needed for muscle metabolism, tissue repair, and the maintenance of a proper nitrogen balance in the body.
  • It is one of the branched-chain amino acids, which means that it can be used as an energy source by muscle tissue.
  • It may be helpful in treating liver and gallbladder disease, and it is good for correcting the type of severe amino acid deficiencies that can be caused by drug addiction.
  • Valine has some stimulating effects. It plays role in the muscle metabolism and also helps in growth and repair of tissues. Valine also maintains nitrogen balance in our body.
  • Valine is the glucogenic amino acid so it provides glucose.
  • A disease known as maple serum urine disease results in case of error in metabolism of valine and it is then excreted in the urine.
  • Valine is found in high concentrations in muscle tissue.
  • Promotes mental vigor, muscle coordination and calm emotions.
  • Preventing muscle loss at high altitudes.
Rich Food Sources of Valine
  • Animal origin: Valine sources from animal origin includes meat, poultry, fish, dairy foods like cheese etc
  • Plant origin: Valine plant sources include lentils, peanuts, soy,
  • mushrooms,  sesame seeds and leafy greens
Deficiency Symptoms of Valine

  • Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is caused by the inability to metabolize leucine, isoleucine, and valine. The disease is so named because urine from affected people smells like maple syrup.
  • A deficiency may affect the myelin covering of the nerves.

Leucine : One of the branched­chain amino acids essential essential for growth, stimulates the production of muscle tissue, and protects the liver from the damaging affects of alcohol.

Leucine is an essential amino acid and one of the branched­chain amino acids (the others are isoleucine and valine). These work together to protect muscle and act as fuel. They promote the healing of bones, skin, and muscle tissue, and are recommended for those recovering from surgery. Leucine also lowers elevated blood sugar levels and aids in increasing growth hormone production.

Leucine, like its cousins isoleucine and valine, is a hydrophobic amino acid that is found as a structural element on the interior of proteins and enzymes. There appears to be no other significant metabolic role for these amino acids, but they are essential and because they are not synthesized by mammalian tissues, must be taken in the diet. Leucine ties glycine for the position of second most common amino acid found in proteins with a concentration of 7.5 percent on a molar basis compared to the other amino acids.

Function and Benefits of Leucine

  • Leucine is essential in regulating blood glucose level as well as in the growth and repair of bones, skin and muscles.
  • Leucine also prevents the break down of muscle proteins which occurs during trauma, stress of severe kind, during starvation or recovery from surgery.
  • Patients suffering from phenylketonuria can take leucine which has been found beneficial to them.
  • It also results in production of growth hormones and it also burns visceral fats which are located in the deeper layers of the body and are least responsive to dieting and exercises.
  • During times of starvation, stress, infection, or recovery from trauma, the body mobilizes leucine as a source for gluconeogenesis (the synthesis of blood sugar in the liver) to aid in the healing process.

Deficiency Symptoms of   Leucine

  • Deficiency of this nutrient is rare, since all protein foods contain it.
  • Hypoglycemia symptoms may appear if the diet is deficient and may include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, irritability, etc.

Rich Food Sources of Leucine

  • Animal sources: Meat, chicken, poultry, fish, sea foods, dairy products like cottage cheese etc
  • Plant sources: Whole lentils, brown rice, nuts, soy flour, whole wheat, beans, sesame seeds , peanuts and leafy greens.

Isoleucine : One of the essential amino acids, is needed for hemoglobin formation and also stabilizes and regulates blood sugar and energy levels.

 Isoleucine is an essential amino acid so it needs to be provided by the food to our body. Isoleucine, is one of the essential amino acids, is needed for hemoglobin formation and also stabilizes and regulates blood sugar and energy levels. It is metabolized in muscle tissue. It is One of the three branched-chain amino acids. These amino acids are valuable for athletes because they enhance energy, increase endurance, and aid in the healing and repair of muscle tissue.

The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. BCAAs are considered essential amino acids, because human beings cannot survive unless these amino acids are present in the diet. BCAAs are needed for the maintenance of muscle tissue and appear to preserve muscle stores of glycogen (a storage form of carbohydrate that can be converted into energy). BCAAs also help prevent muscle protein breakdown during exercise.

Function and Benefits of Isoleucine

  • It also prevents muscle proteins break down when exercising.
  • Isoleucine are valuable for athletes because they enhance energy, increase endurance, and aid in the healing and repair of muscle tissue.
  • Isoleucine is also converted in the liver to blood sugar; therefore, it can be helpful in maintaining proper blood glucose levels.
  • Isoleucine is also needed in children for their growth.
  • Isoleucine undergoes transamination and forms alpha keto acid which is then converted into aceyl-CoA derivatives and which then gives rise to propionyl-CoA and acetyl-CoA. The propionly-CoA is converted to L-methylmalonyl-CoA and which then forms succinyl-CoA. These play role in citric acid cycle then.
  • Some research has shown that BCAA supplementation (typically 10–20 grams per day) does not result in meaningful changes in body composition, nor does it improve exercise performance or enhance the effects of physical training. However, BCAA supplementation may be useful in special situations, such as preventing muscle loss at high altitudes and prolonging endurance performance in the heat. Studies by one group of researchers suggest that BCAA supplementation may also improve exercise-induced declines in some aspects of mental functioning.

Deficiency Symptoms of Isoleucine

  • Isoleucine has been found to be deficient in people suffering from many different mental and physical disorders.
  •  A deficiency of isoleucine can lead to symptoms similar to those of hypoglycemia for example in its deficiency a person may experience confusion, irritability, fatigue, depression, dizziness, headaches etc.
Rich Food Sources of Isoleucine
  • Animal Sources: Some of the isoleucine animal sources are meats, chicken, fish, turkey, lamb, egg, dairy products, cheese etc
  • Plant Sources: Some of the plant sources are soy protein, nuts, whole lentils, seaweeds, peanuts  and leafy green like swiss chard, spinach, cabbage, alfalfa and watercress  .

7 Super Uplifting Quotes!

 

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Les Brown

 

“It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.” ~ Bob Proctor

 

“My life is my message.” – Gandhi

 

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

 

“Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go & it will be yours forever.” – Deepak Chopra

 

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” – Buddha

 

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” – B. Olatunji

 

 

Get Inspired, Be Creative Successfully! No matter what!

Unlocking the Mysteries of Creativity

Creativity is a challenge to maintain for some people. What inspires you? Tapping into your inner power can be a slow process sometimes. No matter what it takes for you to get into the creative zone, you can go there faster when you learn to instantly turn it on! No doubt, energy is needed for creativity to exist. However,  it also takes regular practice to maintain the natural rhythm of joyously moving through an idea then onto a project then to repeat the process again and again. If all that’s not enough, It takes even more energy to see projects to the finish line too. No worries you can definitely do this.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Let’s break down a few ways to catch this stuff (creativity) that can’t be bottled or even sold in a store- Well, I’ll share a few tips that i’ve learned from being pretty crafty in my life but also how others keep the good vibes flowing daily. Before i get to that, its important for you to have some guts. The way i have managed to have the guts to start a project is to know that i am special in some way. You should also know that you are special. There is something about you that no one else has. Trust me! You should also remember that people want to see and hear from you. I know this might sound like i’m handing you a handfull of mess. Trust me i’m not here to do that. I’m speaking from my heart on this.

Ignore the Fear, Its Not Even Real

I went from having a jewelry-making, crocheting, catering etc, etc business to writing fulltime. Why? because i love to express myself through writing more than any other way. That’s how i discovered my passion. I had to experience life and try a few things. With time we all can discover our passions. Think about what you enjoy. Your dreams are bigger than your doubt. Studies show the number one thing that most people run into is FEAR. The funny thing is that, fear isn’t even real. At least not like we think it is anyway. According to The Chinese 5 Organ System, fear is an energy problem kinda thing. When we eat, drink and think harmoniously in a way that is good for us. When we are balanced emotionally and physically we can do so much more. I say that because everyone can’t eat the same things and be a success. I live by this: You are what you think, drink, eat and imagine.

Ready, Set Go!

The key to moving into a state of action instead of repeated procrastination is to discover what YOU enjoy. I know it sounds too good to be true! I know you may have heard this line before but Its a fairly simple thing to do. The easiest part about searching for your passion can be found in only one place… That place is within you. How can  you find what you don’t know yet? You have to brainstorm, write a list, type a list. You also have to take a risk. Even if you write down exactly what you want to do then schedule a time to do it, you’re taking a risk. Don’t allow the word risk to run you away. Risks are so good for you. Get moving. Sure you may make some mistakes along the way. All of us make mistakes. The only way to make them is to try. Since you need experience to know whether something is for you or not…There is no other way to know unless you know. Again get moving:-). I’ll throw in a disclaimer here: Risks that i’m speaking of are safe for your mind, body and spirit. Any questions about this please leave a comment. Now let’s get back to business here!

If You Want It You Can Have It!

If you want the CREATIVE thing to blossom in your life you gotta get down and dirty with your ideas. Action is what it takes to make anything happen. Projects all start out as well- thought- out ideas. So yea, waiting does have it’s place but Stagnation will only have us waiting for success. All creative efforts started somewhere. Nothing just shows up out of nowhere and fully functional without some creative spirit and drive for something more.  That’s a half truth, i say that because of this: We all have talents to do a great things in our lives. However some choose to do great things on a smaller scale than others. There is choice involved here. The difference between someone with creative energy and one without it is the choice to use it and or cultivate it. There are so many reasons  to cultivate your very own creative skill set. Let’s not talk about all the amazing fun you can have with coming up with ideas! So i’m with you on this. I get why you want to have the power to create at will.

Did someone say “I wish”?

Why wish for what you already have? Contrary to popular opinion, there is a seed of thousands of talents in each one of us that can be nurtured to the point where when we can have the creative flow or any other skill we need, when we want it. That’s right my friend. It is the desire to DO that makes everything grow within us. The more passionate you are about bringing forth a skill or a talent to do something, the more the seed within you grows from your constant energetic watering of it.

The Way I Cultivate My Creative Talent

There is one word to describe it, but i will tell you a story first. OK, so i wanted to learn the art of crocheting which (uses 1 needle) , no its not knitting;  Which uses (2 needles). I used to day dream about taking yarn with me to coffeeshops and chatting with my friends as i created lovely pieces of fabric by hand. No one could tell me that crocheting wasn’t the hottest thing around. To me it was and that’s all that mattered. If someone had something to say about my goal to be a crocheter…I was so focused on my dreams to crochet that i wouldn’t of noticed anything other than what i wanted to hear at that time. So all i did was visualize making stuff. It didn’t matter what i was creating in my mind but i was always moving my hands ‘mentally speaking’.

One day i had an idea to sit in meditation with my crochet needles and yarn with a crochet video with my eyes closed. I figured i should work out how to crochet mentally first then, my body will automatically do what i want. That night, i stayed up pretty late but something said, Sereda turn on the video to try again. So i did. In about 30 minutes i knew 5 stitches that enable me to crochet proficiently. But also to follow a pretty good pattern. I was blown away at the results of simply meditating and pretending i was actually crocheting.

The proof is there. I know visualization works, because its the only way i learned how to crochet. Sure i had a video that showed how to crochet but i don’t learn how to do creative things by watching videos. I learn from doing things hands on. My body wasn’t moving the way i wanted it to. I am convinced that without taking my time to first get into a whole new mindset about learning to crochet, i would not have learned. Yes, i took a class at a craft store before but the teacher was not teaching in way that i enjoyed. So i set out for an alternative method.

After i learned to crochet i made handbags, accessories,  clothes, jewelry by hundreds. The most wonderful thing about the entire experience is that i loved what i did and i made money off of it too. Truthfully i only made money Well after i learned how to make hats without holes in them. After i learned the art of getting my stitches right. Haa..i had a blast. Now that you know my story let me get back to the point i was making.

Go forth!

Visualize! Sounds easy i know, that’s because it is freakin easy! Whatever you want to do: Write it down, list some ways that you can learn how to do what you want to do. Then cultivate your skill in healthy ways that support your goal.

Need some creative energy cultivation ideas? 

Do yoga, deep breathing, run, walk, watch a movie, laugh with friends, start a group, write about it, sing, dance, read about it, watch videos, blog about your learning process and again, Visualize it.

Creative Defined.

The word creative means:

Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work: “creative writing“. (Dictionary.com)

Here’s a cute video to inspire your efforts. Happy creative cultivating! 

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Histidine : The essential amino acid that is significant in the growth and repair of tissues.

Histidine is called a semi-essential amino acid (protein building block) because adults generally produce adequate amounts but children may not. Histidine is also a precursor of histamine, a compound released by immune system cells during an allergic reaction.

Histidine is an essential amino acid that is significant in the growth and repair of tissues. Histamine, an important immune system chemical, is derived from histidine. Histamine aids in sexual arousal. Because the availability of histidine influences histamine production, taking supplemental histidine-together with vitamins B3 (niacin) and B6 (pyridoxine), which are required for the transformation from histidine to histamine may help improve sexual functioning and pleasure.

 

 

Histidine is one of the basic (with reference to pH) amino acids due to its aromatic nitrogen-heterocyclic imidazole side chain. This amino acid is biochemically metabolized into the neurotransmitter histamine and the set of genes that produce the enzymes responsible for histidine biosynthesis are controlled by the well-studied histidine operon. The disruption of histidine biosynthesis in bacteria is the basis for the famous Ames test, used to determine the mutagenability of various chemicals. Histidine is incorporated into proteins and enzymes at a molar percentage of 2.1 compared to the other amino acids.

 

 

 

 

Uses and Benefits of Histidine

 

  • Histidine is important for the maintenance of the myelin sheaths, which protect nerve cells, and is needed for the production of both red and white blood cells.
  • In the lungs histamine causes bronchoconstriction to a slight extent in normal person but markedly in asthmatic patients.
  •  Histidine also protects the body from radiation damage, helps lower blood pressure, aids in removing heavy metals from the system, and may help in the prevention of AIDS.
  • Histamine acts directly on the cardiac pacemaker and this causes increase in heart rate. Increase in heart rate also occurs due to reflex response of hypotension.
  • In the gastrointestinal tract histamine causes intense stimulation of gastric hydrochloric acid secretion through H2 receptors
  • Because histamine also stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, histidine may be helpful for people with indigestion resulting from a lack of stomach acid.

Rich Food Sources of Histidine

  • Natural sources of histidine include rice, green vegetables,bananas, wheat, and rye.
  • Animal sources: Meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy products like milk, cheese etc

 

Deficiency Symptoms of Histidine

  • None known, but it is reported that histidine can cause pain in the bony joints.
  • Inadequate levels of histidine may contribute to rheumatoid arthritis and may be associated with nerve deafness.
  • Methionine has the ability to lower histidine levels.

Arginine : This non-essential amino acid is required in muscle metabolism – maintaining the nitrogen balance, and helping with weight control since it facilitates the increase of muscle mass, while reducing body fat.

 

Arginine is a non-essential amino acid and is abundant in protamines and histones – both proteins associated with nucleic acids and was first isolated in 1895 from animal horn. Newborns may produce this amino acid too slowly and for them arginine should be seen as an essential amino acid. Arginine is used by the body to make nitric oxide, a substance that relaxes blood vessels.

 

 

 

Arginine is vital for the production of protein. Only the L form of amino acids are constituents of protein. Arginine crosses the blood-brain barrier, is a precursor for nitric oxide and is a responsible for the secretion of hormones such as growth hormone, glucagon and insulin. Assists in wound healing, helps remove excess ammonia from the body, stimulates immune function, and promotes secretion of several hormones, including glucagon, insulin, and growth hormone.

For example, some, though not all, studies have found that men with low sperm counts experienced an increase in the number of sperm when they supplemented with arginine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Functions of Arginine

  • Arginine is required in muscle metabolism – maintaining the nitrogen balance, and helping with weight control since it facilitates the increase of muscle mass, while reducing body fat. This amino acid can be produced in the body; however, in newborn infants, production may not occur quickly enough to keep up with requirements. It is therefore deemed essential early in life.
  • Arginine retards the growth of tumors and cancer by enhancing immune function. It increases the size and activity of the thymus gland, which manufactures T lymphocytes (T cells), crucial components of the immune system. Arginine may therefore benefit those suffering from AIDS and malignant diseases that suppress the immune system.
  • It is essential in the good health of skin, liver, muscle and liver.
  •  It is also good for liver disorders such as cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver; it aids in liver detoxification by neutralizing ammonia.
  • It is also involved in a variety of enzymes and hormones. It aids in stimulating the pancreas to release insulin, is a component of the pituitary hormone vasopressin, and assists in the release of growth hormones. Because arginine is a component of collagen and aids in building new bone and tendon cells.
  • Ornithine: Arginine takes part in the urea cycle and results in formation of urea and ornithine on hydrolysis. Ornithine not only plays role in urea cycle but also has a role in the formation of polyamine.
  • Creatine: Arginine also contributes in the formation of creatine which is very important for the muscles as it increases muscle mass and their strength.
  • Glutamic acid: This amino acid being glucogenic results in formation of creatine.
  • Nitric Oxide:  Arginine also gives rise to nitric oxide along with citrulline in the presence of enzyme nitric oxide synthase. This nitric oxide plays very important physiological role. It causes relaxation of the smooth muscles of blood vessels and therefore causes vasodilation. Nitric oxide also inhibits platelet aggregation.
  • Studies have shown that it also reduces nitrogen losses in people who have undergone surgery, and improves the function of cells in lymphatic tissue. This amino acid aids in weight loss because it facilitates an increase in muscle mass and a reduction of body fat.
Rich Food Sources of Arginine
  • Animal source: turkey, chicken, meat, milk, cottage, yogurt, cheese, pork, beef and in variety of sea foods.
  • Plant source: Granola, wheat, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seed, cashews, almond, walnut, flour, popcorn, brown rice, etc.
  • It is found in chocolate as well. In our body it is present abundantly in histones and protamines.

Deficiency Symptoms of Arginine

A variety of functions, including insulin production, glucose tolerance, and liver lipid metabolism, are impaired if the body is deficient in arginine.

Lysine : The essential amino acid that is a basic building block of all protein.

Lysine is an essential amino acid, and so cannot be manufactured in the body. It is therefore vital that adequate amounts be included in the diet. Lysine is an essential amino acid and is a basic building block of all protein. This nutrient was first isolated in 1889 from casein. Lysine has a net positive charge at physiological pH values, making it one of the three basic (with respect to charge) amino acids. This polar amino acid is commonly found on the surfaces of proteins and enzymes, and sometimes appears in the active site. Lysine is incorporated into proteins at the rate of 7 percent on a molar basis compared to the other amino acids.

It is needed for proper growth and bone development in children; it helps calcium absorption and maintains a proper nitrogen balance in adults. This amino acid aids in the production of antibodies, hormones, and enzymes, and helps in collagen formation and tissue repair. Because it helps to build muscle protein,

Since it helps with the building of muscle protein, it is useful for patients recovering from injuries and recovery after operations, and there might be use in lysine to help maintain healthy blood vessels. It also seems to assist in fighting herpes and cold sores.

Uses and Benefits of Lysine

  • If people are not taking proper diet or diet less of lysine , there are possibilities that they can face such problems as hair loss, inability to concentrate well, bloodshot eyes, growth retardation, problems in reproductive systems, irritability, weight loss and all the time feeling of fatigue and lethargy.
  • Some nutritionally oriented physicians and dentists recommend taking lysine during an outbreak of canker sores to speed healing.
  • The most promising application of lysine is its use in managing and preventing painful and unsightly herpes sores caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
  • It is also utilized in our body for producing antibodies, enzymes, hormones and collagen. It also plays role in wound heeling and repair. It maintains the nitrogen balance in the body. It increases the muscle mass and is therefore good food for those who are recovering from some injuries or from any surgery. It maintains the health of blood vessels.
  • It is required for growth and bone development in children, assists in calcium absorption and maintaining the correct nitrogen balance in the body and maintaining lean body mass. Furthermore it is needed to produce antibodies, hormones, enzymes, collagen formation as well as repair of tissue.
  • Taking supplemental L-lysine, together with vitamin C with bioflavonoids, can effectively fight or prevent herpes outbreaks, especially if foods containing the amino acid arginine are avoided.
  • Supplemental L-lysine also may decrease acute alcohol intoxication.

Deficiency Symptoms of Lysine

Deficiencies can result in anemia, bloodshot eyes, enzyme disorders, hair loss, an inability to concentrate, irritability, lack of energy, poor appetite, reproductive disorders, retarded growth, and weight loss

Rich Food Sources of Lysine

  • Animal Source: The animal sources of lysine are chicken, beef, milk, catfish, eggs, cheese etc.
  • Plant sources: Some of the plant sources are pulses, chickpea, kidney beans, yeasts, lentils, soybeans, potatoes, navy beans etc

Threonine : The essential amino acid that helps to maintain the proper protein balance in the body.

list of the hormones found in the endocrine gl...
list of the hormones found in the endocrine glandes on the nervous system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Threonine is the uncharged polar amino acid. It is an essential amino acid as it is not manufactured in our body and is found in high concentrations in the heart, skeletal muscles and central nervous system. It must be provided through food to our body. Threonine is an essential amino acid that helps to maintain the proper protein balance in the body. It is important for the formation of many proteins and tooth enamel, collagen, and elastrin. It metabolizes fat and prevents the buildup of fat in the liver, and is useful with intestinal disorders, and indigestion. Antiulcer.

A precursor of the amino acids glycine and serine, threonine is present in the heart, central nervous system, and skeletal muscle, and helps to prevent fatty buildup in the liver. It enhances the immune system – aiding in the production of antibodies, and may be helpful in treating some types of depression. It also very useful indigestion.

Uses and Benefits of Threonine

  • It has also important role in maintaining the normal functioning of our various system like central nervous system, cardiovascular system, liver and immune system.
  • This amino acid plays an important role along with glycine and serine in porphyrin metabolism. Threonine is incorporated into proteins and enzymes at a molar rate of 6 percent compared to the other amino acids.
  • It is required to help maintain the proper protein balance in the body, as well as assist in the formation of collagen and elastin in the skin.
  •  It is further involved in liver functioning (including fighting fatty liver), lipotropic functions when combined with aspartic acid and methionine, as well as assisting the immune system by helping the production of antibodies and promotes thymus growth and activity.
  • Other nutrients are also better absorbed when threonine is present, and it has also been used as part treatment of mental health.
  • Threonine has also found to aid antibodies production which are major components of our immune system. These antibodies combat with various infections, microbes and foreign bodies.
  • Threonine supplements have seemed to be useful in treating various diseases due to lesion on central nervous system like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease as threonine produces glycine. Multiple scleroses symptoms have also been alleviated by the use of this amino acid. The dose of threonine may not be taken in excess amount as it may damages the liver and kidney functions.

Deficiency Symptoms of Threonine

It is a precursor of isoleucine and imbalance may result if the synthesis rate from asparate is incorrect. In humans, deficiency may result in irritability and a generally difficult personality.

Rich Food Sources of Threonine

  • Animal Sources: Threonine is present in high amount in meat, eggs, dairy products, cottage cheese, and fish.
  • Plant sources: Threonine is also present in many leafy vegetables, lentils, wheat, beans, mushrooms, grains, sesame seeds and nuts.

How to Veganize your Favorite Recipes?

Japanese style "Silken tofu" with so...
Japanese style “Silken tofu” with soy sauce and a decorative carrot slice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To replace one egg choose an option here:
-Egg Replacer use 1 1/2 tsps. egg replacer + 2 Tbs. water for each egg

-1 Tbs. soy powder mixed with 2 Tsb. water

-1 1/2 Tbs. ground flax seeds soaked in 3 Tbs. boiling water for 15 minutes. Pour off excess water and use the gelled flax seeds.

-Half mashed banana.

-3 Tbs. apple sauce

-1 Tbs. arrowroot powder

To replace milk or cream:
Store-bought non-dairy milk (such as a thick, rich soy/rice/oat or nut milk) or non-dairy cream

Homemade nut/grain milk -Blend nuts/oats with water in a food processor or in blender. To prepare: Soak and drain 8 oz. (one cup) of nuts (almond, cashew, oats.) Using a blender, blend tofu with one cup water. Puree until smooth. Add one more cup of water and blend. Add sweetener and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla beans or extract, This will yield 2 1/2 – 3 cups

Cream filling- Silken tofu, pureed in the food processor, makes a great base for a pie or cake.

Coffee Creamer– Use a dairy free creamer from your local health food store.

To Replace White Refined Sugar-Organic evaporated cane juice sugar, Date sugar, Sucanat, Xylitol (birch sugar)

To replace honey- Use Agave nectar, Brown rice syrup, Maple syrup, Sorghum molasses

Practice makes Perfect!

Take your time to get the ingredients and measurements correct. It is a good idea to keep measurements in the recipe close as possible to the original recipe. If you want to make adjustments to your favorite recipes, do a little research then, give it a try. Baking can be a bit slower to master on your own so its important to do your research with vegan cookbooks first. Then get creative and just flow with it.