Apart from being the building blocks of proteins, many amino acids are indispensable for certain vital functions or have specific functions of their own. They can function as neurotransmitters, as precursors for neurotransmitters and other important metabolites, including crucial oligo- and poly-peptides, as a stimulus for hormonal release, and in inter-organ nitrogen transport and nitrogen excretion. Consequently, manipulation of free amino acid levels by dietary or topical supplementation may support and modulate these specific functions.
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