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Amino acids for your workouts

The world of fitness drinks is vast. We make it more exclusive and easier to navigate. Whether before, during or after your workout, we've got you covered with all the essential amino acids to nourish your body at the right time and in the right way.

Our fitness drinks go through the strictest quality controls and are carefully tested and put through their paces by our oecotrophologists, food chemists and external experts. This means we can provide you with drinks that will really take you to the next level.

The benefits: as opposed to solid snacks, drinks always provide you with additional fluids. That's why athletes who tend to drink too little water, really benefit from fitness drinks.

1. Properties of amino acids

Over 250 different amino acids are known. 20 of these are of prominent importance to the body. 12 of these, called non-essential amino acids, are produced by the body. However, it is important to consume the eight essential acids isoleucine, leucine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

The body cannot produce these and it is thus dependant on intake through diet. To have the best effect possible, it is also important to consume an adequate amount of B-vitamins. This supports the synthesis of protein building blocks and improves them through the body’s own processes. Proteins consist of different amino acid sequences. They are related to proteins. More than 20% of our body consists of amino acids and protein building blocks that affect muscles, bones, skin and hair structure. The typical signs of a deficiency are poor growth of nails, skin and hair and poor healing of wounds. Amino acids are not just the building blocks of protein, they also secure the cell structures in the body and contribute to the transportation and storage of nutrients. The body constantly uses protein building blocks.  This usage is especially increased after weight training and it is wise to consume protein through the diet or through supplements to avoid muscle loss. Each individual amino acid affects a different function on our body. As a result, they are very diverse and should be combined with one another.

  • L-glutamine: Plays a role in cell volume and regeneration processes
  • L-arginine: Implicated in nitrogen transport within the muscle
  • L-leucine: Important factor in protein synthesis

2. This is how amino acids work

As we permanently use up amino acids, especially while exercising, we should ensure that enough amino acids are delivered. A short supply (e.g. during intense exercise) causes the body to deplete the muscles of its components and consume them. This is called catabolic (muscle break down) state. A study by the University of Texas showed that additionally consumed amino acids support athletes markedly during weight training and endurance training.  Amino acids work in our bodies primarily as a directly available source of energy for intense exercise sessions. If the body’s glycogen storage (number 1 energy warehouse for performance based activity) in the muscles are empty, the body looks for new ways to provide energy. Essential amino acids come into play here. Leucine, isoleucine and valine must be especially consumed in higher concentrations in order to prevent muscle degradation processes during exercise and to protect muscles. Power and endurance athletes profit most from this effect during intense training or competition. Amino acid capsules work against muscle exhaustion and provide for faster recovery. This makes them one of the most widely available supplements for effective muscle building and fast muscle growth. They also have an effect on specific parts of training and exercise management:

  • Muscle protection during calorie deficit (BCAAs)
  • Improving protein synthesis in muscle building (leucine)
  • Improving ability to recover (glutamine)
  • Training booster for strength and endurance (arginine)

3. The different types of amino acids

L-arginine as training booster for supply of nutrients

L-arginine especially helps with muscle building and can be used as a booster for training, more strength and endurance. L-arginine stimulates the production of nitrogen monoxide, which ensures that all nutrients essential for muscle building can be optimally transported to the muscles. Consequences: A better “muscle pump”. Better blood circulation enables muscles to work better, to move heavier weights and to increase the progression for weight training over the long term. Apart from this, L-arginine also participates in the production and secretion of growth hormones. L-arginine is also linked to the functioning of the immune system. Processes within muscular work can be effectively managed through improved nutrient supply. The body cannot manufacture the required quantity on its own, however, which is why the external supply is required for intensive exercise sessions. The amino acid L-arginine is found in nuts, grains and seeds, for instance. It is helpful to take L-arginine capsules as additional supplements in order to prevent a short supply.

L-carnitine for body toning & fitness

If the amino acids lysine and methionine combine, they form L-carnitine - making it one of the favourite supplements for body toning. L-carnitine is therefore often offered in the form of capsules. L-carnitine supports the transportation of dietary fats into our mitochondria, the cellular powerhouses. Fats from food remain available there as additional energy suppliers. L-carnitine is usually consumed in red meat and is rarely found in vegetarian food. Vegetarians and vegans should pay attention to their L-carnitine levels to diligently support their fitness training.

BCAAs for improved protein synthesis and muscle maintenance

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) include the three amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine). The body does not make BCAAs and these must therefore be obtained from food. They can be found in all food sources of protein such as fish, meat or eggs. The trio is led by leucine as the dominant amino acid, which is why a good BCAA mixture has a ratio of 2:1:1. This amino acid sequence corresponds to the “natural” distribution in our body. This enables the BCAAs consumed to be optimally used as direct energy sources. BCAAs directly supply muscles with essential amino acids and provide for better protein synthesis and protection from muscle loss. This is how BCAAs are directly involved in muscle building, guarantee additional energy during training sessions and prevent muscle loss after training or while on a weight loss diet. If the intake of BCAAs cannot be ensured from natural foods, supplementation with amino acid capsules or powder fulfils this purpose.

L-glutamine for muscle cell recovery

Glutamine is a semi-essential amino acid and is produced by the body. It is also found in larger quantities in quark and soy products. When undertaking intense exercise sessions, muscles need a higher amount of glutamine that they cannot manufacture themselves. This leads to a deficit. Every athlete knows the symptoms: After training, you feel weak and overstrained. Amino acid capsules, especially L-glutamine, help you feel less exhausted after fitness training and positively impact the body’s ability to recover. After exercise, the body is also prepared to bolster protein (i.e. amino acid) storage in the muscles and ensure there is a supply for protein synthesis.  This positively impacts the training intensity and performance capacity as shown by studies. L-glutamine provides support within musculature during and after training sessions.

4. Taking amino acids correctly

Adequate consumption of amino acid capsules is generally important for all active fitness athletes. They support recovery and muscle building after training and promote muscle volume, strength and endurance. Further, amino acids prevent a sharp decrease in bodily proteins and contribute to strengthening the immune system. Under extreme strain, for example long duration strenuous activity, we recommend intake of amino acids not just after but also during training. Likewise, we recommend adequate consumption of amino acids during low-carb diets and for athletes targeting weight loss. This means that an adequate intake of amino acids is especially important after fitness training as the body has a greater need for protein for building and recovery processes within the muscles. If there is an inadequate supply, the body falls back on amino acids in its own muscles and thus decreases valuable muscle protein. An adequate intake of amino acids is also important if you're on a low-calorie diet. Short supplies can result in deficits during muscle buildingOnce again we summarize the 3 most important tips for consumption of amino acids:

  • Capsules can be taken before, during or after training
  • for muscle building as well as body fat reduction
  • Take capsules with plenty of liquid.

5. Pay attention while buying amino acid capsules online

The amino acid building blocks make the building and repair processes happen easier and the growth of new muscle tissue is made possible. In craftsmanship as well as in the selection of amino acids, there are vast differences in the quality of individual tools.  To ensure good recovery, relaxation and increase performance of the muscles, it is important to have an adequate intake. A well balanced combination of all essential amino acids plays a significant role in the decision to purchase. Qualitative differences arise especially in the sourcing of ingredients. Many amino acid capsules on the supplement market are produced from poor quality raw materials such as human hair or duck feathers using low cost extraction methods. We distance ourselves from these questionable processes and focus on premium materials of plant-based origin. All of the amino acids in our portfolio have been obtained from sources such as corn, sugarcane molasses or peas, depending on the season, and produced using a laborious fermentation process. Capsules made from pig or beef gelatine are a thing of the past. We use plant cellulose capsules - high potency and 100% vegan. Our production process treats nutrients with care and is certified by official channels such as ISO or HACCP concept.