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What do proteins convert to before reaching your cells?

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What do proteins convert to before reaching your cells?

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^ Just awesome!

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Amino acids .

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Simple http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/content/dam/sigma-aldrich/docs/Sigma/General_Information/metabolic_pathways_poster.pdf

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Both of the above are correct, I just feel like adding my 2 cents. All proteins are built out of chains of Amino Acids. Short chains of Amino Acids just a few units long are called Polypeptides. Protein is largely broken down in the stomach by the various proteases (protein digesting enzymes) into many polypeptides. It is further broken down in the small intestine into individual amino acids which are then sent into the blood stream. This will stimulate an insulin response, which drives amino acids into different cells.

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The cells receive chains of peptides called polypeptides. An polypeptide is basically a straight (unbranched) chain of amino acids. These are what is delivered to your cells. Proteins are made out of a number of polypeptides -- but they branch, shift, bunch, and use other molecules to bind together into larger, functional structures.

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Amino Acids .

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