Amino acids, as precursors to proteins, are often called the building blocks of life. Lysine is one of a family of amino acids known as essential amino acids, which means that it cannot be synthesized by the human body and must be obtained through the diet, and also that the human body needs it in order to perform a variety of essential functions.

In the case of Lysine, one of its primary essential roles in the body is being involved in the release of energy from fatty acids, a role it fulfills by stimulating the production of a nutrient called carnitine.

Lysine is also involved in the absorption of calcium, which is the most significant mineral in the human body, and in the creation of collagen which maintains the structure of every cell in the body and without which we would quite literally fall apart.

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