Amino acids are either "essential", which must be supplied by food, or "nonessential", which are made in the body.
Review Date 4/24/2019
Updated by: Anna C. Edens Hurst, MD, MS, FACMG, Assistant Professor in Medical Genetics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.