Do Amino Acids work?

There are many types of amino acids to use for bodybuilding, lets review the three “branched-chained” amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine

Leucine is one of the three “branched-chain” amino acids (BCAA’s), along with isoleucine and valine. These three amino acids account for one third of all the protein in muscle tissue, and this significant contribution makes them highly important for helping build muscle and increase energy in muscle cells. They are also converted to other amino acids when deficiencies arise.

Our muscles use leucine directly for fueling any work they perform both during exercise and when resting and also it has been shown to help prevent muscle breakdown and increase energy and endurance. According to researchers, 90% of dietary leucine is used for energy during exercise. It’s the most researched of all amino acids except glutamine.

Isoleucine, together with the other two branched-chain-amino-acids promote muscle recovery after physical exercise and on its own it is needed for the formation of hemoglobin as well as assisting with regulation of blood sugar levels as well as energy levels. It is also involved in blood-clot formation.

This amino acid must be supplied through diet since our body is not capable of producing this branched-chain amino acid. “People involved with strenuous athletic activity under extreme pressure and high altitude may benefit from supplementation of this nutrient.”

Valine is needed for muscle metabolism and coordination, tissue repair, and for the maintenance of proper nitrogen balance in the body; used as an energy source by muscle tissue; helpful in treating liver and gallbladder disease; promotes mental vigor and calm emotions.

Valine is found in abundant quantities in most food and has a stimulant effect. Healthy growth depends on it. Our body cannot produce this amino acid. The main food sources are: soy flour, raw brown rice, cottage cheese, fish, beef, lamb, chicken, almonds, brazil nuts cashews, peanuts, sesame seed, lentils, chickpeas and mushrooms.twinlab_amino_fuel_2000.jpg

These three BCAAs’ should be taken all together for best result.

One popular supplement that contains all these BCAAs’ is Twinlab’s Amino Fuel 2000.

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