Is one of the most popular supplements on the market but why? What effect do they have on the body and why should I take it as a supplement ??
What are amino acids?
Our bodies consist of, among other things, muscle tissue and this is made up of proteins which in turn are made up of amino acids. These building blocks are produced when we eat protein and it reaches the body's digestive system and is broken down into smaller parts (amino acids) which then the bloodstream can transport around to muscle tissue. From our intake of amino acids, the body uses only some to build your muscles, the rest goes to repair and build other forms of cells that the body is made of.
What is the function of amino acids?
Amino acids promote a number of different functions in the body and depending on the variety and composition you choose to eat, you get different effects. But in general it can be said that the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) promote muscle growth and slow down muscle breakdown after a workout. The essential amino acids (EAA) have a strong effect on protein synthesis and thus muscle building. Additional effects that amino acids provide are increased energy production and balance hormones, enzymes and the immune system.
How many kinds of amino acids are there?
There are twenty different types of amino acids and they are all important for the body and its function. The amino acids are divided into two categories:
Essential - are nine pieces which are also called EAA (Essential Amino Acid)
They are vital and must be supplied through diet because the body cannot produce them itself. Three of these also form BCAA (Branched-Chain Amino Acid). It can be said that there is no difference between the two supplements because BCAA is EAA.
Non-essential - are varieties of amino acids that we can produce ourselves and are therefore not as crucial to get through dietary intake.
Both the Essential and the Non-essential are important and a lack of one variety can lead to a lack of the other because they work together and are both vital.