Amino acid supplements can support muscle recovery and muscle growth. Use these supplements as an easy way to increase your intake of specific amino acids. Read more below about amino acids and how to use amino acids as an athlete.
What are amino acids?
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. They form part of all tissues in your body, from your muscles to organs. Your body builds up and breaks down proteins the entire day and you need enough amino acids for this. You consume proteins in your daily diet and these are broken down into individual amino acids in your body. Many athletes take amino acid supplements to ensure that they have enough of certain supplements.
Amino acids for athletes
Athletes have higher protein needs, and therefore also have higher amino acid needs. Not all amino acids are the same. They are all building blocks and you need a wide range of building blocks for optimal muscle build up and recovery. Essential amino acids are particularly important as your body cannot make these itself. The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are essential amino acids. Particularly the amino acid leucine is an extremely important signal molecule. Leucine gives your muscles the signal to recover and grow.
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