Amino acids when connected together are primarily the building blocks that make up protein. There are several different types of amino acids and once consumed and digested, they are broken down to their own elements and selectively put together to perform a specific use. In fact amino acids are what help grow and maintain our skin, heart, eyes, bones, intestines and muscles.
It is always best to get a varied diet, rich in all the amino acids necessary which can be found in most meat and dairy. Although to get the most out of amino acids you do also have to have vitamins and minerals to help convert the protein you eat into amino acids.
There are a total of 14 amino acids that the body needs to generally work with, but the essential amino acids that are required to help promote muscle are: Histidine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Methionine, Branched Amino Acids (BCAAS), Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine, and Threonine. The non-essential amino acids are: Glutamine, Arginine, Carnitine, Cysteine and HMB.
The more your body weight and muscle mass increases, the more amino acids and protein you require, to keep their energy stores topped up as well as promoting protein synthesis (the regeneration of your muscle and protein cells, that break down or get used when you exercise).
Protein Dynamix have a varied selection of amino acid products on the market, to provide you with the essential drivers for the growth and recovery of active muscles. These include Power Amino which was specifically created for the UK’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall, to provide him with the important micronized amino acids for the most demanding of training sessions and competitions. We also provide Dynago Amino, which provides you with most of the essential amino acids we wrote about previously, which has been scientifically proven to support your workout intensity. There are also, many other amino acid supplements we provide so why not take a look at our amino acid supplement page for all the information you need to choose the right one for you?
This varies on the type of amino acid supplement you take, as each supplement may vary. We would always recommend taking the right dosage as written on the tub/packet.
Once broken down from the building block structure to make up protein, amino acids are good for a varied selection of different biological aspects. Each amino acid has a slightly different function and aim, but primarily they help to regenerate and repair, muscle, skin and all of our living tissues in the body as well as enhancing muscle.
They do have potential for you to gain weight as extra fat but only if you consume more than you use, as they do contain calories.
It is generally recommended to take your supplement while you are working out if you’re doing weight exercises. If you are running then it is better to take them before and after your workout.
Generally there aren’t any side effects from taking too many amino acid supplements, but it is recommended if you are pregnant, diagnosed with liver or kidney disease, diabetes or take prescription medication, to consult your doctor before taking amino acid supplements.