Amino Acid Basics

Amino acids are the basis of protein. They essentially are protein broken down to their most basic form or molecules. The proteins that make up our muscles are in a constant state of turnover; as old proteins breakdown, we produce new proteins to take their place. When the number of proteins being created exceeds the number of proteins breaking down, your body ‘grows,’ and you build muscle mass (this is called an anabolic state). When the number of proteins breaking down exceeds the number of proteins being created, though, the entire body enters a state of breakdown and you may lose muscle mass (this is called a catabolic state).

If you’re working out to build muscle and perform at your absolute best, you want your body to spend as much time as possible in ‘an anabolic state. When we exercise we actually go into a state of breakdown or Catabolic and it’s the job of Amino acids to start the repairing process and shift us back to the Anabolic state by repairing proteins and produce new ones—and ultimately boost your ability to recover the muscle —after exercising, your body needs an adequate amount of these proteins called amino acids.

There are 20 different amino acids in total.11 of them are Non Essential Amino Acids which are amino acids that the body can produce  so they are not essential to be consumed through food or supplements BUT Nine of them are considered ‘essential,’ which means our bodies can’t produce enough of them on its own and we have to get them via food and/or supplements something like Switch Nutrition’s Amino Switch. These essential amino acids (EAAs) include isoleucine, leucine, valine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, histidine, and tryptophan.

If you want to get the most out of your workouts which also means getting the most out of your recovery, you definitely want to be considering an EAA supplement to your supplement protocols.

Mike Debenham, Impact Strength & Fitness

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