The science behind Amino
Drinks Backed By 40 Years Of Research
Combining the latest nutrition technology and years of clinical research, Amino creates delicious drinks with blends of amino acids designed to deliver amazing functional benefits for active lifestyles.
What are amino acids?
You may have heard nutritionists talk about “macronutrients” or “macros”. These are the carbohydrates, fats and proteins found in the food you eat.
Protein is in fact constructed from smaller molecules called amino acids. Amino acids build the proteins that make up your tissues and organs and are involved in virtually every cellular process, from muscle growth to the creation of neurotransmitters and other essential biochemicals.
What are essential amino acids (EAAs)?
There are 20 different amino acids, all of which play an important role in our bodies. 11 of them can be found in our diets and can be made by our bodies. These are called non-essential amino acids (NEAAs) because you don’t need to get them from external sources.
The other 9 are essential amino acids, so-called because the body cannot produce them. You must get these amino acids from your diet or supplements.
What are branched-chain amino acids?
Of the 9 essential amino acids, 3 (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) are also "branched-chain amino acids". That’s because they’re the only amino acids that have a chain that branches to the side.
As with other essential amino acids, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are important for energy and muscle metabolism. However, there is little evidence that they can stimulate muscle protein synthesis on their own. Research suggests that BCAAs are most useful when consumed alongside other EAAs.
How are protein and amino acids related?
Proteins are made of amino acids, so you can see why the two are easily confused.
You can think of proteins as buildings; they’re made up of thousands of amino acid building blocks. Our digestive systems take these building blocks apart to build other useful substances.
There are many different types of protein molecules, each containing a vastly different arrangement of amino acids. Some proteins from foods provide your body with very few benefits, while others are extremely useful.
High-quality protein that’s packed with all 9 essential amino acids will have a positive impact on your training performance and help you get the physical results you’re after.
During workouts and intense training, our muscles need more amino acids. To meet the increased demand, athletes and fitness enthusiasts often supplement with essential amino acids (EAAs) during a workout.
Why are amino acids important?
Your body is constantly repairing
Protein synthesis refers to the process of building new protein molecules. Every muscle, organ and tissue in your body is in a constant state of protein breakdown and synthesis. If you want to maintain or grow your lean body mass, you should seek ways to boost protein synthesis.
You need amino acids to stay healthy
The body uses amino acids circulating in the bloodstream to build proteins. If there aren’t enough amino acids in the blood, muscle tissue is broken down to release amino acids into the blood and carry out the rebuilding process.
Essential amino acids need to be consumed
Because your body cannot produce essential amino acids, they must be consumed through food or supplements. If you don’t give your body a consistent supply of essential amino acids, you lose the ability to maintain muscle mass and bone density. Your health may suffer as a result.