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What is the benefit of amino acids?

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. When you consume protein, it will have certain types and combinations of amino acids in there. Each of the amino acid types has its own role. When you consume protein, your body breaks it down with the help of certain enzymes and acids.

Benefits of amino acids

  • Needed for the production of neurotransmitters, hormones, DNA, genes, hair, bones, muscles and 50,000 different combinations of body structural parts

  • Assist creation and growth of muscles, connective tissues and skin

  • Maintain muscle tone and tissue strength

  • Support healthy skin, hair and nails

  • Heal and repair

  • Repair of stress

  • Good for digestion

  • Provide energy for the body

  • Help produce hormones

  • Produce neurotransmitters

  • Produce enzymes

  • Produce antibiotics

  • Support gastrointestinal tract

Symptoms of deficiency

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle loss

  • Weakness

  • Depressed mood

  • Slow recovery from illness

Where to get them

It is very easy to get amino acids from your diet. All products that have protein in the label have amino acids in them because protein contains amino acids. One thing you should know is that consuming too much protein is not necessarily going to give you a big positive effect, because our bodies can absorb only a certain amount of it. The rest will turn into a waste product. Consume moderate amounts of protein (3 to 6 oz per meal).

  • Eggs (the best source)

  • Organ meats

  • Meats

  • Seafood

  • Poultry

Myth about branched chain amino acids (BCAA) BCAA is a combination of 3 branched chain amino acids, these are:

1.Leucine

2.Isoleucine

3.Valine

Most of the time people take BCAA to build muscle, but it is a myth. There are no human studies that show taking BCAA will increase muscle synthesis and it also won’t prevent muscle loss. This is because in order to support muscle growth or retention our body needs all 9 essential amino acids. BCAA only has 1⁄3 of them. If you take BCAA, these 3 branched amino acids, they will turn into fuel and you may feel a little increased performance in your workout, but it will not grow your muscles.

Last updated: Jun 14, 2023 14:52 PM