Amino Acids

Amino Acids

 

 

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The major sources of Amino Acids come from protein rich foods such as meat, fish, dairy, and vegetables such as legumes, grains, and peas. It is essential that the human body ingests amino acids for proper function and development. Supplementing amino acids can benefit bodybuilders, athletes and regular trainers as they aid in the growth, development, repair of muscle tissue and can increase performance capacity when taken before or throughout a workout [1].

 

There are two types of amino acids mainly talked about in bodybuilding, non-essential amino acids and essential amino acids. Non-essential amino acids can be produced by the body, however essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body and are absorbed through the foods eaten. There are 11 Non-essential amino acids and 9 Essential amino acids, for muscle repair, maintenance and development, both Non-essential amino acids and essential amino acids are required by the body[2].

 

 

 

1. Kreider RB, Wilborn CD, Taylor L, Campbell B, Almada AL, Collins R, Cooke M, Earnest CP, Greenwood M, Kalman DS, Kerksick CM, Kleiner SM, Leutholtz B, Lopez H, Lowery LM, Mendel R, Smith A, Spano M, Wildman R, Willoughby DS, Ziegenfuss TN, Antonio J. ‘ISSN exercise & sport nutrition review: research & recommendations.’ J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2010 Feb 2;7:7.

 

 

 

2. Young VR, "Adult amino acid requirements: the case for a major revision in current recommendations". The Journal of Nutrition 124 (8 Suppl): 1517S–1523S. PMID 8064412, August 1994.