The Vegan diet and Leucine

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If I were to paint a picture of Leucine, it would be of sunshine, rainbows and possibly, unicorns. Beautiful unicorns. Because it is a kind of magic, and we all want more of it.
To be honest if I could marry an amino acid, it would be Leucine. No contest.

What is it anyways you ask? As I indicated above Leucine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein like the bricks that build a house. There are 21 amino acids, and 9 are considered essential. They are essential since the body cannot make these and we must obtain them from our diet. Of these essential amino acids, 3 are called branch chain amino acids.  Leucine is one of these. The other 2 are isoleucine and valine.

The branch chain amino acids have an affinity for the muscles. If you were to take some of your…

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