We all know that taking Protein, working out and eating right is good for you. The studies on this are pretty conclusive. After that, there is a myriad of other supplements that can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. One of these supplements I think is the most overlooked is amino acids.
But before I go into the benefits of taking amino acids as a supplement, let me first start off with the basics.
First, I would like to go over what Amino acids are.
A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue is made up of amino acids, meaning they carry out many important bodily functions, such as giving cells their structure. They also play a key role in the transport and the storage of nutrients. Amino acids have an influence on the function of organs, glands, tendons and arteries. They are furthermore essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue, especially in the muscles, bones, skin and hair as well as for the removal of all kinds of waste deposits produced in connection with the metabolism.
Why Amino acids should be taken as a supplement:
Humans can produce 10 of the 20 amino acids. The others must be supplied in the food. Failure to obtain enough of even 1 of the 10 essential amino acids, those that we cannot make, results in degradation of the body’s proteins—muscle and so forth—to obtain the one amino acid that is needed. Unlike fat and starch, the human body does not store excess amino acids for later use—the amino acids must be in the food every day.
The 10 amino acids that we can produce are alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine. Tyrosine is produced from phenylalanine, so if the diet is deficient in phenylalanine, tyrosine will be required as well. The essential amino acids are arginine (required for the young, but not for adults), histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. These amino acids are required in the diet. Plants, of course, must be able to make all the amino acids. Humans, on the other hand, do not have all the the enzymes required for the biosynthesis of all of the amino acids.
With this in mind, it is important for us to eat right and take an Amino acid supplement to ensure we are getting the required amount of amino acids our body needs to stay balanced and healthy.
Facts about Amino Acids and why you need them
Did you know:
L-methionine and L-arginine worth together with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, omega-3 and MSM to prevent and treat arthritis and help you keep moving.
Antibodies consist mostly of amino acids. A lack of L-glutamine, L-arginine and L-cysteine may therefore quickly reveal itself in a weak immune system.
Muscle tissue consists of proteins and their building blocks are amino acids. BCAAs and especially L-leucine are therefore essential for growth, recovery and maintenance of all muscle tissue.
L-carnitine and BCAAs are two powerful allies preserving valuable muscle tissue during short and long-term weight-loss diets.
You can fight hair loss with L-arginine, L-methionine, L-cysteine, L-lysine, L-glycine and L-proline boosting your natural skin and nail beauty.
L-arginine, L-carnitine and L-cysteine can significantly improve sperm quality and therefore male fertility.
L-cysteine, L-glutathione and L-carnitine are powerful antioxidants, which protecting your cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
L-arginine and Pine bark Extract improve circulation throughout and protect your body’s arterial walls, fighting erectile dysfunction / impotence and improving sexual stamina.
Managing L-tryptophane levels can be good for your sleep and great to stay sharp during long distance competitions.
BCAAs, L-glutamine and L-glycine reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases and chronic pain by strengthening your immune system.
Fight cancer with CAAT (Controlled Amino Acid Treatment) and support it with BCAAs during the ketogenic diet.
Magnesium, phytoestrogens and L-arginine help manage the menopause by reducing hot flashes.
L-arginine, L-lysine, zinc and vitamin C improve digestion and protect you from rectal diseases.
L-arginine and Ginkgo biloba improve blood circulation, increasing oxygen and nutrient availability within the ear.
The cholesterol-lowering effects of the three amino acids L-arginine, L-carnitine and Taurine are demonstrated by a significant number of research studies.
Reduce the risk of diabetes with L-arginine and L-carnitine, zinc, magnesium, chromium and omega-3 for better blood-sugar regulation.
And this is just some of the benefits from having a balance of amino acids in your body!
I hope this has been helpful and would welcome any questions or comments below.