Essential Amino Acids
Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins. Or when proteins are digested and broken down, amino acids are left. Consuming extra Amino Acids helps the body to utilize food, grow muscle, repair body tissue, enhance energy, and perform many other bodily functions.
It is best to take Amino Acids before or during your workout, so they can begin to immediately rebuild the muscle tissue as you break it down. However, this is only a marginal difference, and Amino Acids can also be taken at any other time in the day.
Amino acids are categorized into 3 groups:
- Conditionally (Non-)essential
Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body. As a result, they must come from food. The 9 essential amino acids are: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
You may recognize the term BCAAs, which stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids. There are 3 BCAAs: Valine, Leucine, and Isoleucine. These 3 are among the 9 total Essential Amino Acids and generally considered to be the most important. However, most companies sell the BCAAs as a standalone product, and exclude the other 6 essential ones.
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