When the test was over, he learned he’d been taking the placebo containing glycine.
Morishima’s experience also made her aware of the connection between eating and health.
Our bodies contain over 100,000 different proteins, all of which are made up of combinations of just twenty amino acids, nine of which must be obtained from food. These proteins are used to build muscle as we grow. “Muscle proteins are broken down and used for energy,” explains Morishima, “so amino acid intake is essential for repairing muscles when they become deficient in proteins.” This is also especially important when we exercise and as we age.