242 – Are You Protein Deficient? – My Interview with Dr. David Minkoff MD

Most people who are protein deficient don’t even know it.

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“Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and lack of vital amino acids can cause hormonal issues, decreased metabolic function, weight gain, delayed healing and other health problems. Countless adults cannot digest the proteins they consume, which can lead to a range of problems from a buildup of toxins, aging, weight gain and lowered immunity.

Many people who struggle with protein digestion are also dealing with serious health issues such as Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory or autoimmune diseases. The truth is, the sickest of patients cannot digest protein.

At the other end of the scale are scores of high-intensity athletes such as triathletes and ultrarunners, who may eat a high-quality diet but still have significant amino acid deficiencies. When the body cannot digest amino acids, they are discarded as toxic waste instead of being utilized throughout the body.

The missing link? Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which are essential to proper function of the digestive and central nervous systems, skeletal, hormonal and muscular systems, detoxicifacion mechanisms and other vital life processes.

9 Warning Signs You Could be Protein Deficient
Proteins are chains made up of amino acids, that are linked together like beads on a string, form proteins, which differ based on which aminos are used and in what order. For example, a hair protein has a different string than a muscle protein.

There are 22 known amino acids, but our bodies only need 8 of them to construct all of its proteins. These are called “essential amino acids” because we cannot live without them; they must be a part of our dietary intake. PerfectAmino is an all natural amino acid supplement that gives the body the exact balance of the 8 essential amino acids. It solves the problem of not having enough protein, in the right balance.

Amino acid deficiencies can lead to a host of issues including:

  • Hormone problems
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased metabolism
  • Osteoporosis
  • Immune system problems
  • Insufficient healing
  • Digestive problems
  • Slow muscle recovery
  • Chronic fatigue

What You Need to Know
Protein sources are not all created equal. As you can see from this chart, the amount of protein that your body can actually use is dependent upon the source. If you eat a 10 oz chicken breast, your body will only use 32% of the protein. 10 g of whey protein only gives your body less than 2 g of protein. Second to Perfect-Amino, eggs are the best source, giving you 48% as usable body protein.

Perfect Amino
PerfectAmino contains the eight essential amino acids the body needs to support and maintain its muscular, skeletal, enzymatic, and hormonal systems. The essential amino acids in PerfectAmino are in the exact proportions needed for maximum utilization by the body.

Many people know that protein is essential for optimum health, but most assume they are consuming enough from food. So why the need for an amino acid supplement? The simple answer is that – yes, you do get good quality from foods such as eggs, meat, fish and nuts but much of the protein in food is not converted into body protein – it just makes waste that the body has to get rid of plus extra calories.

Almost everyone is protein deficient without realizing it – it plays out as a nagging injury that won’t heal in the athlete, or brittle bones in the menopausal women, or constant colds in the child. Protein deficiency is very often something you are aware of, but you just can’t identify and neither does your doctor. Not getting enough protein may mean low hormones, or a low immune system and risk of disease or cancer. So what’s the solution? PerfectAmino is an amino acid supplement that is 99% utilized by the body to make protein. No other form of protein comes close! Nothing else is utilized as well to make protein.” Content provided by BodyHealth.com

About Dr. David Minkoff MD
Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995.

In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000.

In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer.

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1 Josh Taylor July 6, 2017 at 9:37 am

When we supply the 8 essential amino acids that Dr. Minkoff discusses in this podcast, the body can make all the others. I’m presuming you’re referencing Histidine, which the body cannot make on its own, however, when we have the other 8 essentials, the body has everything it needs to now make the 9th essential.


2 Steve Lankford July 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

That is my understanding.


3 Steve Lankford May 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm



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