The bodybuilding community has been a pioneer in discovering amino acids for muscle building power. Any food that contains protein is some combination of amino acids. Extracting these nutrients from meat and animal sources in particular steals much needed energy for athletes especially. Whey protein is an excellent source of amino acids as part of the extraction process has already been done. Supplementing with pure amino acids either alone or added to a targeted formula increases muscle building power and spares energy for those hard workouts.
There are 9 essential amino acids your body doesn’t make. Three of these are branched chain amino acids – BCAA’s. Many animal sources and some plant sources contain all the essential amino acids. You get more bang for your buck from animal sources but the process steals more energy from your body. Vegetable sources should be used to add variety as they don’t rob you of as much energy and have phytonutrient and anti-oxidant properties. Very few vegetables contain all the essential amino acids however so you have to consume a variety of colors to get them all.
Any athlete who trains hard, especially when the goal is to build muscle, must assure they get all the amino acids their body’s require. Non-essential amino acids are typically consumed individually to target specific training goals. Arginine is used as a catalyst for nitric oxide (NO) release to shuttle more blood and nutrients to working muscles. Aspartate as aspartic acid removes the toxin ammonia that robs hard trainers of energy. Glutamine repairs muscle fibers that are torn to shreds from intense training, speeding the recovery process. Look for non-essential amino acids as stand-alone products or added to targeted blends.