EAA: Essential Amino Acid. There are at least nine amino acids that the body either cannot make "de novo" meaning that they cannot synthesized by the body from simpler molecule in sufficient quantity to meet its need. Since these must be obtained by the diet they are considered essential. Some amino acids that are not normally essential become conditionally essential at certain times such as when the diet fails to supply enough precursors of these aminos.
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