Essential Amino Acids – Mnemonics


Essential Amino Acids – Mnemonics

What is Essential Amino Acids?

An Essential amino acid or indispensable amino acid is an amino acid that cannot be synthesized de novo by the organism being considered, and therefore must be supplied in its diet. – Source

Then again What is Amino Acids and what is the benefit of Amino Acids in our body?

Twenty percent of the human body is made up of protein. Protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes and amino acids are the building blocks of it. They are furthermore essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue, especially in the muscles, bones, skin and hair as well as for the removal of all kinds of waste deposits produced in connection with the metabolism. – Source

Though we are trying to give the Mnemonic of Essential Amino Acids:


Phe, Val, Thr, Trp, Ile, Met, His, Arg, Leu, Lys
Expanded and in the same order as above:

  • Phenylalanine
  • Valine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Isoleucine
  • Methionine
  • Histidine
  • Arginine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine

Alternatively : TT HALL V(ery) IMP(ortant) – From Essential Amino acids

Bengali Medical Mnemonics for Essential Amino Acids

আইরিন ও তৃষা মিরপুরে ভাল লাল লাল থ্রী পিস পেয়েছে

আইরিন = Isoleucine

তৃষা Tryptophan

মিরপুরে Methionine

ভাল = Valine

লাল = Leucine

লাল = Lysine

থ্রীপিস = Threonine

পেয়েছে = Phenylalanine

This Mnemonic is given by my room mate “Dr. Ankur Sarkar“. Heartiest thanks to him.

Arginine And Histidine are considered as Semi Essential Amino Acids.

You can also read the article to get that amino acids naturally in plants:

Need Protein? Here are 9 Amino Acids Found Abundantly in Plants

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