Amino acids make up proteins. To understand the importance of the amino acids you must understand how critical proteins are to life. It is protein that provides the structure for all living things. If the diet is improperly balanced an amino acid deficiency results and physical disorders will arise. Amino acids enable vitamins and minerals to perform their jobs properly. Even if vitamins and minerals are absorbed and assimilated rapidly, they will not be effective unless amino acids are present. The following are supplemental and may be safely added to most diets.