Fitness Nutrition

Why are amino acids important for building lean muscle and your post workout recovery?

What are amino acids?

Amino acids are widely known as the building blocks of proteins but they also play many other important roles in your body including: Improved muscles growth, Increased endurance, greater fat burn, improved recovery, and reduced muscle soreness.

Your body needs 20 amino acids all are important with only 9 being essential. These 9 cannot be made by your body and are obtained through diet or supplements. The 9 are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

What are the benefits of amino acids?

Improved Muscle Growth
The amino acid Leucine has been shown to regulate and improve muscle protein synthesis after exercise.

Greater fat burn
Amino acids change the way our bodies use carbs and fat. Aminos have been shown to protect the bodies glycogen supply, burning fat instead.

Increased endurance
For athletes that rely on short burst of power as in crossfit glycogen depletion can be a major problem. A 2011 study found that aminos protected glycogen stores so well the participants took 17.2 times longer to hit the wall.

Improved Recovery
Aminos increase muscle protein synthesis meaning you can recover quicker and get back to working out sooner.

Increased Mental Focus
Amino acid supplements have been shown to improve your short term memory and processing abilities. Perfect when you’re competing in an all day competition.

What are the best sources of amino acids?

As your body can’t make the 9 essential amino acids here are some dietary sources.


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