Chapter 39: PVT TIM HALL

For many years, health science students have used PVT TIM HALL to remember the essential amino acids. Pvt is the abbreviation used by the military for private.

Phenylalanine-Valine-Tryptophane, Threonine-Isoleucine-Methionine, Histidine-Arginine-Lysine-Leucine

Of the 10 essential amino acids:

  • The three basic amino acids are listed (Histidine-Arginine-Lysine)
  • The three branched chain amino acids are listed (Valine-Isoleucine-Leucine)

The last two, Lysine and Leucine, are the only two purely ketogenic amino acids

Remember that arginine is not an essential amino acid in an adult.