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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

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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In this interview Neil Levin discusses three core nutrients for both bone health and cardiovascular health. The science is compelling regarding the important benefits of calcium and vitamins D and K. However there is still a great deal of confusion surrounding these nutrients. Neil and I strive to demystify some of the confusion.

Older consumers like Neil and myself who go way back can remember when times and supplements were very different. Back in the 70s and 80s the main sources of calcium were cheap calcium carbonate, dolomite limestone and bone meal. We knew we needed calcium and these were some of the first supplement forms to become readily available. We now know much more about supplement forms, proper dosages and how nutrients work together. These nutrients has been misunderstood in the past and still even to this day. This interview will clarify some of the confusion.

What about calcium?

  • The challenge is to get adequate calcium, be able to break it down, then assimilate and utilize the calcium where it is needed (bone) and keep it out of tissues where it is not desirable (arteries).
  • Calcium is calcium regardless of the type. However not all calcium supplement forms are equal in assimilation in the body. Some calcium forms are difficult for the body to utilize and others are much easier. It is what gets into your bloodstream that matters.
  • Calcium does not function in isolation in the body. Simply taking more calcium to build bone is not likely to work. Other nutrients are also required. (Think vitamins D and K and other nutrients).
  • The amount of calcium being recommended is changing. When we account for the calcium in our diets, most of us will need to augment our diet with calcium supplements.
  • The old advice that women should just take more calcium for bone health is wrong and doesn’t solve the problems with bone loss.
  • Common current recommendations for calcium supplementation are between 500 mg and 800 mg in addition to your diet.
  • Acid blocking medications negatively affect calcium breakdown and absorption. (other minerals also)

Neil also discusses the importance of magnesium as part of the equation. Remember that most nutrients work together with other nutrients to provide multiple benefits. When considering either bone health or cardiovascular health, look at each nutrient for its particular benefit. This is why combination formulations are popular. 

What about vitamin D?

  • We just don’t get enough vitamin D. We stay out of the sun and we wear sunscreen, or we live too far north to get much D year round.
  • There are two forms of vitamin D – D2 and D3. D3 is the most common supplemental form.
  • Vitamin D is actually a hormone that is critical for health throughout the body. 
  • Currently nutritionists often recommend between 2000 IU and 10000 IU daily of vitamin D-3
  • The best way to establish how much vitamin D you need is to have your vitamin D blood levels tested. A good value would be 50 to 80 ng/ml.

What about vitamin K?

  • There are two primary supplemental forms of vitamin K – K1 and K2. 
  • K1 (phylloquinine) is found in plant foods such as spinach, lettuce and broccoli.
  • Vitamin K1 is involved in blood clotting.
  • There are two primary supplemental forms of vitamin K2 – MK4 and MK7.
  • K2 as MK-4 (menatetrenone) – this is the form of vitamin K that is found in animal foods such as meat and dairy if the animals were given vitamin-fortified feed.
  • K2 as MK-7 (megaquinone-7) – this is the form of vitamin K that is found in certain fermented foods such as natto. (Cheeses typically contain K2 as MK-8 or MK-9, which are not common supplemental forms, rather than MK-4)
  • Vitamin K2 does not tend to affect blood clotting as directly as K1 does.
  • K1 is more common than K2 in supplements, and MK-4 is the typical form of K2 used in supplements. MK-7 is always called out on labels as a specialized form of vitamin K2.
  • K2 is what your want for bone and arterial health.
  • The huge benefit of vitamin K2 is that transports calcium to the bones AND it helps keep calcium out of your arteries. It is this duel benefit that makes vitamin K2 such an important nutrient, especially for women. K2 builds bone and reduces cardiovascular risk.

Building a nutritional program that works
These three nutrients are good examples of both the potential benefits and possible pitfalls of nutritional supplementation. The benefits are that the body can repair and restore structure and function when given the proper nutrients consistently over time. You must choose wisely when picking your supplements. Choose carelessly and you will likely be disappointed in the results, if any. 

Remember, you are not treating disease. You are nourishing your body. Proper nutrition, food and supplements, allows the body to function more normally and to repair and restore. In the case of bone health, calcium provides one benefit, vitamin D another and vitamin K2 a third. It is the same with other important bone support nutrients. Each nutrient is important and unique. Added together the benefits to the body can be astounding.

About Neil Levin
Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA is the Senior Nutrition Education Manager and a product formulator for NOW Foods. He is a board-certified clinical nutritionist with a diplomat in advanced nutritional laboratory assessment. The U.S. Natural Products Association (NPA) presented Neil its Industry Champion Award in 2008 for “people who have made notable individual contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond what is expected to achieve commercial success.”

Neil’s interviews and articles are published in magazines and newspapers. He has been featured in many radio interviews and television news reports. Neil blogs at; is on Facebook (Honest Nutrition) and Twitter (neilelevin).


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