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C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.

Theoretically we could live only on protein with a small amount of good fats. NO carbohydrate is essential, as we can make glucose, the foundation for our energy cycle, out of protein. Of course we can make glucose out of all carbs and fat, but we cannot live without the nitrogen of essential amino acids. The essential amino acids are:

  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Taurine**
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine

Taurine is “conditionally” essential, but since it is deficient in 84% of depressed people and many others, I consider it essential for most people! Taurine is found ONLY in animal protein!!! Interestingly clams provide the highest concentration of Taurine and there is NONE in vegetables. In a few dozen vegans I have found one or more essential amino acids to be deficient.

Taurine is critical for:

  • Brain function
  • Heart function
  • Eye function
  • Cell function (balances cell wall charge)
  • Muscle function
  • Human life
  • Immunity

Personally I start each day with 25 grams of Whey Protein Isolate and 16 grams of Dried Egg White protein, added to fruit juice, Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate and a scoop of dried greens powder (4 to 5 servings of fruits and veggies to start the day) and drink it with my major supplements for the day. This provides me energy for my morning exercise of 60 to 90 minutes and no hunger for 5 or 6 hours! I have a high protein low starch brunch and a high protein, low starch early evening meal. In other words I eat a minimum of starch and no wheat!!

Seven to nine servings of veggie vegetables and more fruits and nuts compliment my meals. I also drink at least 8 glasses of good water daily. I eat nothing between meals. At 81, I think my energy beats that of most people at most ages.

At the top of my recommendations for nutrition are:

  • Quality protein, including concentrates of whey and egg whites
  • Veggie vegetables and virtually no starches
  • Fruits, nuts and seeds
  • Adding tocotrienols(Kyani Sunset) and 1000 mg of Omega 3’s daily

I suggest you consider Whey Protein Isolate and Dried Egg White protein concentrates:

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