There are eight essential amino acids, which are amino acids that the body cannot produce itself and that you therefore have to take in through food. Glutamine is viewed as the ninth essential amino acid for athletes. That’s because at least 80% of your muscles consist of glutamine. Glutamine is so important that if you don’t take in a sufficient amount of it, your body will simply break off other amino acids in order to produce glutamine. Even BCAAs have to succumb to it when the glutamine level is too low. And that’s the reason why one serving of Essential Aminos by Stacker2 contains almost 6 grams of pure glutamine.
Leucine, an anabolic amino acid in Essential Aminos
Leucine is the most important Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA). Muscle cells respond to leucine in a special way. The more leucine the muscle cell finds, the more intensely the anabolic signal molecule IRS-1 is triggered. In concrete terms, this means that the more leucine is in the muscle cell, the more pure muscle mass is built.
BCAA in Essential Aminos prevents catabolism
BCAAs have been tested by scientists in regard to performance of strength athletes and endurance athletes for more than 10 years. The research results undisputedly show that BCAAs protect the muscles, have a muscle-building function and can give extra energy. Recent research shows that BCAA supplementation disrupts the production of catabolic proteins such as atrogin-1 and MuRF1. This indicates that the muscle cell experiences less stress, which is seen even more clearly in the measurements of the stress hormone creatinine kinase several hours after training. In these studies, significantly less stress hormone was found in athletes who also used BCAAs in addition to following a proper diet.
Lysine plays an important role in converting fats into energy. Together with leucine, lysine improves the metabolism. Threonine supports digestion and promotes the building of elastin and proteins. After training, the muscle tissue is stretched, and elastin ensures that the tissue is restored to its original condition. Methionine is an amino acid that ensures good metabolism, which in turn allows other nutrients to be absorbed better and faster. Phenylalanine is involved in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain; it positively influences your mood. And last but not least, tryptophan. Tryptophan is a building block of many proteins and is used by the brain together with vitamins and minerals to make serotonin. Serotonin is an important anti-stress hormone and, just like BCAAs, fights catabolism.
1 scoop before, during and after workout.