Why you should be taking amino acids

August 29, 2017

What exactly are amino acids?

You’ve surely heard this dictionary definition: amino acids are the building blocks of protein. What that means is they’re responsible for upping energy, metabolising body fat and increasing muscle tissue. Your body uses 22 different amino acids, 13 of which are produced by the body while the remaining we source from our diets.

Amino acids have specific roles in our bodies supporting energy production, the metabolism of fat and muscle repair and growth. It is important for regular and intense exercisers to maintain amino acid levels. This can help support their training and avoid the effects of depleted amino acid levels. When the body or individual muscles are placed under physical stress to the point of exhaustion, amino acids need to be replenished. This is particularly important for those who are frequent or intense trainers.


How do you recommend taking them?

In addition to consuming lean sources of dietary protein, amino acid supplements can be a great implementation to your training routine, particularly when it might have plateaued. The benefits of amino acid supplements are that you can be assured of their amounts as well as the types of amino acids you are getting. They are also a way of getting larger, doses of amino acids without adding too many calories. You can also take amino acid supplements just before or during training without the discomfort of training on a full stomach, which is a great advantage.


How are they different?

There are two types: essential and non-essential. The non-essential variety are formed by the body when appropriate amounts of nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen are present. The other nine are essential amino acids, derived from protein in foods you eat like meat, dairy and eggs. When it comes to weight training, amino acids are critical to both aiding muscle repair and promoting muscle growth. Two for one.


Do I need a supplement?

If you have specific training goals in mind, a supplement could come into play. Here are three main supplements to consider:


Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)

Called branch chain because of their chemical structure, these are essential amino acids, meaning they can’t be synthesised by the body and must be obtained through diet. BCAAs support protein synthesis and reduce protein breakdown during strenuous exercise.

Perfect if you’re…

Doing multiple sessions of high intensity training a day. BCAAs not only help build and repair muscle, they are an energy source for muscle during exercise.

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A naturally occurring compound, it’s derived from amino acids stored mostly in skeletal muscle. It helps to increase physical performance kicking the muscles into gear during maximum intensity, sprint type movements. And when combined with an appropriate exercise and weight training program, Creatine can help increase muscle strength, body mass and size.

Perfect if you’re…

After a boost in physical performance during a short period? Creatine is great if you’re doing high intensity, explosive style training like sprinting, boxing or cardio style circuits.

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A naturally occurring amino acid, it’s found predominantly within the skeletal and cardiac muscle. L Carnitine’s main role is the metabolism of fat as it’s transported across cell membranes in muscle tissue, to help produce energy.

Perfect if you’re…

Looking to increase endurance on the field or in the gym? It not only contributes to energy helping to fuel the body for exercise but also assists with the metabolism of fat for energy. Bonus points: it’s an antioxidant, helping to protect the body against potential free radical damage.

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Pre-workout formulas

Pre-workout formulas with caffeine and B-vitamins can contribute to energy production so you can support your training.

Perfect if you’re…

Needing energy support to give your all at training.

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L-Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid found in skeletal muscle and after periods of prolonged training, Glutamine levels can be depleted. L-Glutamine supports muscle repair and growth, while also maintaining a healthy immune and digestive system after periods of physical stress.

Perfect if you’re…

Looking for muscle support following intense, resistance training. Or, if you’re feeling like your immune system needs some support, L-Glutamine can help keep your immune system healthy.

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