What are Amino acids?
What role do Amino acids play in muscle building, weight loss?
Learn what aminos are and how they affect your body.
Amino acids are molecules which enter into the composition of proteins through their assembly by links called peptide.
Their name derives from the fact that they have an amine (NH2) and a carboxylic acid function (COOH). They differ in their side chain, R, which can be a single hydrogen atom (ie, glycine),
or more complex.
Amino acides functions:
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and also muscle tissue. And they also play a major part in physiological processes relating to our energy, recovery, mood, brain function, muscle and strength gains, and also in our quest for fat loss.
The diffrent type of Amino acides:
There are 23 amino acids and 9 of these are classed as essential or indispensable amino acids (IAA) that must be obtained from our nutritional intake, they are “essential” not because they are more important to life than the others, but because the body does not synthesize them. They must be present in the diet or they will not be present in the body.
The others are termed dispensable amino acids (DAA) or non-essential due to the body being able to synthesise them from other amino acids.
|Essential Amino Acids||Food sources|
|Histidine||soy protein, eggs, parmesan, sesame, peanuts|
|Isoleucine||eggs, soy protein & tofu, whitefish, pork, parmesan|
|Leucine||eggs, soy protein, whitefish, parmesan, sesame|
|Lysine||eggs, soy protein, whitefish, parmesan, smelts|
|Methionine||eggs, whitefish, smelts, soy protein, sesame, mustard seeds, peanuts|
|Phenylalanine||eggs, soy protein, sesame, whitefish, parmesan, peanuts|
|Tryptophan||eggs, soy protein, sesame, winged beans, chia seeds|
|Valine||eggs, soy protein, parmesan, sesame, beef|
|Threonine||eggs, soy protein, whitefish, smelts, sesame|
Nonessential Amino Acids:
How Do Amino Acids help in Weight Loss?
The amino acids aid weight loss in different ways.
- L-Tyrosine and L-Phenylalanine work together to create active amines including epinephrine, dopamine and norepinephrine. These active amines cause reactions in the brain aid to weight loss.
- Epinephrine reduces the desire to eat.
- L-Phenylalanine regulates the brain’s ability to recognize hunger or fullness. L-Phenylalanine also gives the body a desire to remain at the appropriate weight once it has been attained.
- L-Carnitine is probably the most well-known amino acid in sport. L-Carnitine also naturally suppresses weight. It works differently than the others by transferring fat to be metabolized into energy rather than storing it.
Amino acids and Muscle growth
Amino acids in particular are used specifically to build muscle and can produce impressive results in an entirely natural way.
L-arginine is an amino acid well-known to muscle and strength builders. The key effect of L-arginine is improved blood flow and effectiveness of the immune system.
Supplements have become increasingly popular, because nutrient quantities absorbed with normal food generally do not suffice to cover the increased demands of athletes.