Nutrition: Proteins
Nutrition: Proteins

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Nutrition: Proteins

1.7.1 Protein balance

The blood vessels that pass close to the digestive system and collect the amino acids absorbed from the small intestine, travel first to the liver. The liver appears to monitor the amounts of the different amino acids in the blood and it is in the liver that some amino acids can be converted chemically from one type to another, to fulfil the body's requirements for the synthesis of its own proteins. Normal human diets do not contain the exact mix of amino acids that the body needs, and so this interconversion is a vital part of the body's metabolism.

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