Immunonutrition Explained: Nucleotides

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Nucleotides are the building blocks of the human body. They play an important role in your health and wellness every day. In today’s Ricochet Nutrition blog, learn about the importance of nucleotides and how they benefit immunonutrition.

What are Nucleotides?

Nucleotides help build DNA and RNA. One nucleotide forms one unit of a DNA or RNA strand. Any time our bodies need to make a new copy of DNA or make other proteins, we need billions of these nucleotides to make it happen. We gather most nucleotides by eating specific foods, synthesis from amino acids, and reusing old proteins in the body. When you eat foods that are high in nucleotides, enzymes break down the nucleotide chains into smaller pieces that your body can use.

How Much Should be in Your Diet?

Although there isn’t a universal recommendation for how many nucleotide sources should be in your diet, it’s good to be aware of healthy sources for this important nutrient. Some foods that are high in nucleotides are:

  • Lentils
  • Shrimp
  • Milk
  • Anchovies
  • Liver
  • Steak
  • Chicken
  • Mushrooms

What Happens If I Don’t Get Enough?

While humans don’t require a certain amount of nucleotides in our daily diets, we do need to maintain minimum levels in our bodies. Most nucleotides can be made within our bodies by repurposing old proteins or using other amino acids. However, if you don’t get enough nucleotides in your diet, your body will begin breaking down muscle tissue to harvest protein to be converted into nucleotides. You may also experience decreased immune response, weakness, fatigue and changes to the texture of skin and hair.

Benefits of Nucleotide Proteins

Nucleotides in your system can do wonders for your body under the right circumstances, including:

  • Repair Your Intestines
  • Enhance Learning
  • Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Help Liver Regrowth
  • Improve Your Immune System
  • Potentially Help Prevent Cancer

Boost Your Nucleotides With Ricochet Nutrition

If you’re recovering from surgery, immunonutrition can help boost your immune system to speed up your recovery. The products at Ricochet Nutrition are designed to give you the nutrients you need during your recovery process and improve your immunonutrition. For more information about Ricochet Nutrition and our products, call us at (417) 777-0797 to learn more.