THE 'E' IN EAA'S - USN

THE ‘E’ IN EAA’S

Essential Amino Acids (EAAs), the latest trend to hit the sports nutrition market, but what is all the fuss about? EAAs have been marketed as a supplement to assist athletes and fitness enthusiasts with improved performance levels and enhanced recovery rates. However, are essential amino acids really that essential? What about BCAAs?

 

Before we discuss the importance and benefits of EAAs, it is important to understand what these amino acids are. Protein (the primary, and most important component of muscle fibre tissue) can be broken down into its “building blocks”, amino acids. Upon ingestion of any protein source, your body begins the digestive process of breaking it down into amino acids, after which the body will utilize for various purposes – one very important purpose being the rebuilding and repairing of damaged muscle tissue.

Amino acids can be categorized in to two separate groups, Essential Amino Acids and Non-Essential Amino Acids. EAAs are essential for the simple reason that these building blocks can not be produced by the body and can only be obtained via ingestion/consumption. However, Non-Essential Amino Acids can be reproduced via the body; and is therefore seen as less “important” to supplement.

 

Many individuals fail to realize that Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) form part of the EAAs group – which comprises of 9 amino acids (ALL9™ AMINO). According to scientific literature EAAs have proven to do demonstrate the following:

 

• Enhances muscle growth

Leucine has been scientifically proven to promote protein synthesis (muscle development), furthermore it has also been noted via scientific literature that leucine is more effective when combined with the complete group of EAAs.

 

• Decrease muscle soreness (DOMS)

BCAAs have been known to prevent protein breakdown during training, which reduces excessive muscle damage. This will lead to less micro trauma to the muscles; resulting in a smaller magnitude of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).

 

• Reduce exercise fatigue

Consumption of EAAs will increase free form amino acids present in the blood. The presence of these EAAs in the blood will reduce the effects of serotonin – a hormone which induces the sensation of mental fatigue.

 

• Prevent muscle wasting 

EAAs assist the body in preventing muscle wastage by maintaining the body’s anabolic state. Enhanced protein synthesis with reduced catabolism, which will prevent muscle break down.

 

• General health and well-being

Lysine assists in important bodily functions such as bone health, regulating hormones/antibodies/enzymes and antiviral effects. Histidine improves tissue repair and red blood cell production.  EAAs assist in enhancing skin and nail health.

 

EAAs are a great supplement not only for muscle building, recovery and endurance, BUT for optimal health and well being too! It’s a vital supplement which can be consumed all day, every day! Be sure to give our USN ALL9TM AMINO a try; and experience the advanced effects of EAAs.

 

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