Other Amino Acid Blends
Amino acids blends typically contain:
Essential Amino Acids: EAAs contribute to protein synthesis directly, as opposed to reducing muscle breakdown. Taking EAAs pre-exercise has a greater protein synthesis response than when consumed post-exercise.
Branched Chain Amino Acids: Research has shown that supplementation of BCAAs (and particularly L-leucine) before and after exercise has a beneficial effect for decreasing muscle damage and promoting muscle protein synthesis.
Non-Essential Amino Acids: Although the body can make the non-essential amino acids, eight of the 11 are conditional amino acids, which are usually non-essential except during times of stress (such as training or sports competition) or illness. Therefore, supplementing these during times of exercise may be beneficial.
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