Proteins represent about 40% of humans’ dry body mass. They form cellular structures, messengers, specialized tissues, enzymes, and much more. Needless to say, proteins are one of, if not the most, important nutrients in the animal kingdom. Ipso facto, amino acids are just as important as proteins because amino acids compose the structure of all proteins. Not only that, free amino acids, particularly the essential amino acids (EAAs), can be digested more easily than regular proteins without compromising physiological functioning. This has great practical applications, such as consuming amino acids before or during exercise to help maintain muscle mass and fuel activity without upsetting the stomach as may occur with protein near exercise. Let’s discuss amino acids in greater detail.
The adjective, “essential,” within the field of nutrition means that the body not only requires that which is essential but also that it must be obtained via the diet. For example, essential amino acids (EAAs) are those which must be consumed in the diet in order for them to be present and perform their necessary functions within the body. There are 21 amino acids that can form proteins. Of these, 12 (leucine, isoleucine, valine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, cysteine, tyrosine, histidine, and arginine) are essential during childhood. With age, the body teaches itself how to synthesize cysteine, tyrosine, histidine, and arginine, reducing the number of essential amino acids to 8 (leucine, isoleucine, valine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, and lysine) during the teenage years and adulthood. However, arginine, cysteine, glutamine, tyrosine, glycine, ornithine, proline, and serine may all become essential during periods of high stress, such as illness or overtraining. These are called conditionally essential amino acids. Nonessential and conditionally essential amino acids can be synthesized from the EAAs, if necessary. Therefore as the name implies, the EAAs are the most important of the amino acids. AthletesRx Essential Amino Acid formula contains all of the EAAs relevant to improving the athletic experience, plus a few others that are of unique importance to athletes.
- Essentials + POOL EAA(TM)
- Assist Muscle Growth
- Optimize Training Recovery
- Reduce Muscle Soreness
- 60 Servings
Take one serving in between meals prior to or immediately after workout. For best results take one serving before ande immediately after workouts. On non-training days take 1 serving between meals.