Amino Acids

Have you ever thought about Amino Acids?

So often we are caught up with vitamins, minerals and even hormones that we forget about some of the other important nutrients that we take into our body.

Among these are some vital amino acids:

These amino acids are mostly obtained through diet, however the diversity of foods required to reach optimum level of these nutrients may hinder your body’s ability to actually take them in.

So how much of these vital nutrients are you getting?  How much of each should you take? Which ones are being adequately supplied by your diet? Which product has the best mix of these amino acids for you?



Take away the guesswork

Test results sample

Australian Custom Pharmaceuticals can completely customise an Essential Amino Acids product for you, from the results of a very simple finger-prick test.  From your test results, the pathologist will make a determination as to your needs and develop a protocol, from which ACPHARM can produce a fully-customised amino acid supplement specific to your needs.

Protein plays such a vital role in all our bodily processes, and the building blocks of protein are amino acids.  If you need to increase cellular metabolism, produce neurotransmitters, maintain healthy cardiovascular function, or support your immune system, the building blocks of all of these processes are amino acids.


How do I begin?

To order your test, click here to order a test that will be delivered to you within 48 hours.

After we have received your results, we will prepare a quote for a month’s supply of customised amino acids for you.  Taking a test is obligation free, however with the cost starting at $56.50 you may find that a tailor-made amino acid product, based upon your unique pathology, is more affordable than you think.

Once you decide to go ahead, we will lock in that price and prepare your custom compounded medicine and send it to you within 48 hours.


Case Study on Cost

Here are some actual results.  This sample was gathered from one of our staff.

The cost of the compounded medicine: $58.50 for 30 days supply.

To achieve a result that may contain these nutrients at their optimum levels (as per the pathologist) by buying off the shelf: $158.92 for 30 days’ supply.




Vital Amino Acids


Arginine: For enhanced circulation

Arginine is often used in sports supplements due to its status as a precursor to nitric oxide.  In the body, nitric oxide is important for enhanced circulation.  This is particularly useful in sportspeople, but also in people who are training or recovering from injury.

Signs of Arginine deficiency: Skin rash, hair loss, poor wound healing

Foods high in Arginine: Turkey Breast, Pork Loin, Chicken, Soybeans, Spirulina, Dairy products, Peanuts

Histidine: For mineral absorption

Histidine is used for sustaining of tissues and is particularly useful for maintaining myelin sheaths – the coatings around our nerves, thus ensuring the transmission of signals around our body.

Histidine supplements may help symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.  Histidine is important for sexual function as it is converted into substances that help stimulate arousal.

Signs of Histidine deficiency: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Foods high in Histidine: beef, lamb, cheese, pork, chicken, turkey, soy, fish, nuts, seeds, eggs, beans, and whole grains

Isoleucine: For regulating blood-sugar and energy

Isoleucine is one of three branched-chain amino acids in the body that include isoleucine, valine, and leucine, and all of them help promote muscle recovery after exercise.

Isoleucine also helps regulate blood sugar, thus keeping energy levels stable through periods of exercise.

Signs of Isoleucine deficiency: Confusion, irritability, fatigue, depression, dizziness, headaches

Foods high in Isoleucine: Beef, Tuna

Leucine: For stimulating muscle protein synthesis

Leucine is shown to be very important for anyone in any sort of training as it is heavily involved in muscle protein synthesis, as well as serving as an energy source when glycogen is depleted.

Signs of Leucine deficiency: headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, confusion, and irritability.

Foods high in Leucine: Beef, Tuna

Lysine: For producing carnitine and converting fatty acids into energy

Lysine plays a hugely important part in immune system development.  It is involved in the development of antibodies that fight virus’.

There is also evidence to suggest that, when combined with Arginine and training, there is a higher output of Human Growth Hormone.

Signs of Lysine deficiency: anemia, apathy, bloodshot eyes, depression, edema, fatigue, fever blisters, hair loss, inability to concentrate, infertility, irritability, lethargy, liver damage, loss of energy, muscle loss, retarded growth, stomach ulcers, and weakness

Foods high in Lysine: lean beef, cheese, turkey, chicken, pork, soy, fish, shrimp, shellfish, nuts, seeds, eggs, beans, and lentils.

Methionine: For cellular metabolism

Methionine is important for cartilage forming, as this requires sulphur production.  It is not possible to take sulphur as a supplement, so the use of methionine may aid the body’s own production of sulphur.

Methionine is also important for the production of SAMe and can help fight liver conditions such as cirrhosis and hepatitis.  There is also strong evidence for Methionine supplements aiding in depression and inflammation.

Signs of Methionine deficiency: apathy, loss of pigmentation in hair, edema, lethargy, liver damage, muscle loss, fat loss, skin lesions, weakness

Foods high in Methionine: nuts, beef, lamb, cheese, turkey, pork, fish, shellfish, soy, eggs, dairy, and beans.

Phenylalanine: For production of crucial neurotransmitters

In the body, phenylalanine is changed to tyrosine, and is essential for the production of brain chemicals including L-dopa, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and thyroid hormones.

As a precursor to these neurotransmitters, phenylalanine may be important for mood, alertness and other brain functions.

Signs of Phenylalanine deficiency: confusion, decreased alertness, faulty memory, depression, sluggish metabolism, lack of energy, reduced appetite and vitiligo.

Foods high in Phenylalanine: beef, poultry, pork, fish, milk, yoghurt, eggs, cheese, soy products (including soy protein isolate, soybean flour, and tofu).

Taurine: For maintaining cardiovascular function

Taurine appears to be very important in the body for a range of functions.  There is strong epidemiological evidence that Taurine is abundant in populations with enhanced longevity.

Taurine has effects on heart muscle and blood vessels, and people with high taurine have lower BMI, blood pressure and high-density lipids.

Signs of Taurine deficiency: anxiety, depression, hypertension, hypothyroidism, gout, infertility, obesity, kidney failure

Foods high in Taurine: shellfish, especially scallops, mussels, and clams

Threonine: For immune support

Threonine plays an important role in immune support by aiding the production of antibodies. Threonine assists in producing the mucus layer in the gut, protecting the intestine from harmful enzymes. It also combines with methionine to aid lipotropic function in the live for liver health. Threonine is also needed for the body’s creation of glycine and serine which is important for maintaining connective tissue and bone health.

Signs of Threonine deficiency: agitation, confusion, digestion difficulties and fatty liver.

Foods high in Threonine: beef, soy, pork, chicken, liver, cheese, shellfish, nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils

Tryptophan: For healthy sleep and mood

Tryptophan is well known to be crucial for boosting serotonin, and encourages healthy sleep and good mental health. As a building block for serotonin, tryptophan deficiency is implicated in depression, ADHD, and memory loss.

Signs of tryptophan deficiency: craving carbohydrates, or conversely a reduced appetite, digestive problems such as diarrhoea, and sleep problems including insomnia.

Foods high in Tryptophan: Eggs, Pineapples, Tofu, Salmon

Valine: For muscle growth and tissue repair

Valine aids in preventing the breakdown of muscle by giving the muscle extra glucose to break down during physical activity.  Valine may also help remove excess nitrogen from the liver, and transport nitrogen to other body tissues as required.

Signs of Valine deficiency: Deterioration of myelin sheath

Foods high in Valine:  cheese, soybeans, beef, lamb, chicken, pork, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, mushrooms.


Finger-Prick Test

We use a simple finger-prick test to determine your Amino Acid levels.

This test measures your actual levels, and uses a special, proprietary algorithm – developed by the pathology lab – to determine your needs and develop a customised formula based entirely on scientific evidence and measurement.

This quantifiable result completely removes any guesswork from your dietary and supplementary needs, while at the same time significantly reducing the cost of buying multiple off-the-shelf supplements to meet your specific needs.

Click here to visit the shop and order your test.