One or more amino acids join together to form protein and different muscle tissues. Each amino acid possesses highly beneficial properties that can serve differently for specific purposes like muscle growth, fitness or performance, depending on whether it is consumed individually or supplemented with other amino acids.
Amino acids are one of the nutrients that help a body perform its functions properly. In fact, its importance and significance becomes more apparent in terms of nutritional point of view. Basically, the nutrient is highly necessary not just for muscle growth but also muscle repair.
The muscle tissues in our body consist of single bond amino acids. During heavy workout and weightlifting or extreme sports, these bonds tend to decompose. It is important that these muscles be rebuilt for continuous functioning, and this is done through the process of hypertrophy. The process rebuilds the damage tissues, consequently making them bigger and stronger.
Our body’s proteins have 20 amino acids of which 9 amino acids (threonine, histidine, tryptophan, valine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, leucine and isoleucine). These essential amino acids are highly necessary for our diet since our body cells cannot produce them. Except the tenth amino acid, the rest are considered non-essential in that they are not required for our diet but only for our body. It is also because our body cells can produce the non-essential amino acids from some metabolic molecules or from the excessive amino acids we consume.
Regardless, it is the 9 essential amino acids, including the branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) that are necessary for the efficient growth and recovery of muscles. This is the reason that amino acid supplements are generally composed of these 9 essential amino acids, and also sometimes just leucine.
Leucine is widely known as the main nutrient used in the hypertrophy process, because without this nutrient that chain amino acids cannot bond and thus can’t provide muscle tissue growth or recovery.
Apart from that, it is widely known through different researches that BCAAs have valine, iso-leucine and leucine which are considered as anti-catabolic, which means they stop muscle breakdown. These amino acids prove beneficial during training as they protect the muscle tissues and also stimulate the recovery process.
The essential amino acids can benefit the body even if taken as a supplemental food along with meals. Amino acids are recommended for people who workout hard, and also for people who take low calorie diets.