Amino acids and proteins

Johannes B. van Goudoever, Hester Vlaardingerbroek, Chris H. van den Akker, Femke de Groof, Sophie R. D. van der Schoor

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Amino acids and protein are key factors for growth. The neonatal period requires the highest intake in life to meet the demands. Those demands include amino acids for growth, but proteins and amino acids also function as signalling molecules and function as neurotransmitters. Often the nutritional requirements are not met, resulting in a postnatal growth restriction. However, current knowledge on adequate levels of both amino acid as well as protein intake can avoid under nutrition in the direct postnatal phase, avoid the need for subsequent catch-up growth and improve later outcome
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-63
JournalWorld review of nutrition and dietetics
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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