Amino acids are classified into two groups, essential and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids (BCAA, branched chained amino acids) means the body cannot naturally produce these acids but are typically found in nutritional supplements or in the foods we eat. Non-essential amino acids are acids that are naturally produced by the body(hormones from thyroid or insulin). The amino acids are a huge part of the muscle proteins the body needs pre work out and post workout. The amino acids prevents the body from muscle tissue breakdown. Preventing the body from losing muscle tissue allows the body initiate muscle growth and fat loss. After an intense workout your body is more receptive to nutrients(Proteins) and the nutrients are essential for the recovery and muscle growth. Protein alone will not help in recovery and muscle growth after a workout because the body has a limited opportunity to absorb these proteins and most proteins are not absorbed immediately after a workout. An amino acid supplement is absorbed into the blood stream and they body is receptive to the BCAA’s and aids the muscle growth and recovery. During weight loss and weight training the body requires more amino acids from proteins because amino acids are the building blocks in proteins. Amino acids are responsible for the energy we use, the recovery we need, the muscle/strength we gain and the fat we lose. The food you choose during your diet and training regimen requires a certain balance of essential and non essential amino acids to maximize the protein your body needs. Everyone needs protein but during weight loss and training the body requires quality protein. Personally I take amino acid supplement pre and post workout and have seen improvements in my recovery and muscle growth. Amino acid supplements are safe for the body because most of the acids are found in the foods we eat every day. Here are some examples of the amino acids.
Essential – Leucine, Isoleucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Histidine
Non Essential -Alanine, Aspartic acid, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Serine, Tyrosine, Arginine, Cysteine, Cystine, Glutamine, Proline