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About Amino Acid Blends

Over the last few decades our understanding of amino acids has increased exponentially, due to heightened scientific interest and inquiry. The first amino acid was discovered in 1806 in asparagus, and was named asparagine. Amino acids are classified with regards to their essentiality to the human body. For example, tryptophan is termed an essential amino acid because the human body lacks the enzymes necessary to synthesize it. In addition, tryptophan has essential roles in the human body, one of which is the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is located in the gut and the brain. An essential amino acid is one that we cannot synthesize and also one that we need, and therefore we must consume it through food or supplements in order to stay healthy. 

 

Another essential amino acid is phenylalanine, which we need for the structure of skeletal muscle tissue proteins and for the synthesis of catecholamines, which are noradrenaline, adrenaline and dopamine. In fact, the muscle uses phenylalanine solely for the purpose of creating structural proteins. For this reason scientists use it as a marker when studying rates of muscle protein synthesis, i.e., they measure how much phenylalanine is released from muscle in response to a supplement. The rest is built into new muscle protein. 

 

There are a host of non-essential amino acids and conditionally-essential amino acids as well. Non-essential amino acids we can generally manufacture adequate amounts of, though, therapeutically speaking, sometimes supplementation can be useful. When it comes to conditionally-essential amino acids, under certain physiological circumstances—extreme physical stress, injury, shock, etc—our synthetic rates may not be adequate. Some of the non-essential amino acids can be helpful during exercise to trigger a specific physiological response. An example is Citrulline, which often comes in the form of Citrulline malate 2:1.

 

This amino acid has been shown to elevate blood arginine levels, perhaps better than arginine itself according to research published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2017. Once arginine levels are elevated, this amino acid can be used for the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO). NO is actually a gas—that's right, we synthesize gas inside our body—that signals the smooth muscles of the blood vessels to relax. This causes dilation and enhances blood flow to the peripheries, such as skeletal muscle tissue. And with blood comes nutrients, such as oxygen and glucose, which enhance performance and recovery between sets. This may also boost the "muscle-pump" effect that gym-goers enjoy during and after exercise.

 

There are over twenty different amino acids—nine of which are essential—that all play different roles in the human body. Of course, it stands to reason that if we do not consume enough of the essential amino acids through diet or supplements, we are going to have trouble producing enough of the non-essentials within our body. This is another reason why they are so important.

 

Amino acid blends are convenient supplements providing unique nutritional benefits, whether they come in powder or capsule form. Whether it's a creatine loaded mass gainer powder or a funtional essential amino acid blend, there is sure to be a product here to meet your needs.

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