Amino Acids and Bodybuilding - How to take, when and which ones?

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Virtually every single function of the human body is heavily dependent on the amino acids. Called as ‘the building blocks of the human body’, these amino acids play an important role in every process, ranging from the production of the neurotransmitters of the brain to the production of the cell walls of the various cells. On a general note, there are 22 amino acids in all, out of which 8 are essential and the rest are non-essential. The essential amino acids are the ones, which are not found in the human body and have to be procured from the food we have.

Now, let’s discuss about the various amino acids and their usage in our daily lives and also talk about the functions of each:

  • BCAAs: - Used for the protection and growth of the muscles. It should be taken 30 minutes before the training and immediately after training.
  • Glutamine: - It is used for the various processes like cell hydration, recovery after the exercise, supporting the immune system of the body and enhancing the growth of the various hormones present in the human body. It should be taken immediately after workout, between meals and before bedtime.
  • Arginine: - Used for enhancing the process of muscle growth, production of nitric oxide for the pumping up of the body muscles, growth hormone enhancement. It should be taken in the morning and 30 minutes prior to lunch.
  • Beta Alanine: - Used for enhancing the exercise performance, muscle growth and the process of transportation of nitrogen. It should be taken 20-30 minutes before workout.
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine: - Used for gaining energy, recoveries after exercise, various weight-loss diets and for maintaining focus. It should be taken immediately before training.
  • Taurine; - It helps in the increase of the cell volume on an individual basis, which in turn helps in the enhancement of the process of muscle synthesis. It also helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels and it also preserves muscle tissues as well as helps in preserving the cell electrolyte balance. It should be taken right before the workout.
  • Tyrosine: - Used for gaining energy and maintaining focus. It should be taken before training.
  • L-Theanine: - Used for enhancing the mood and relaxation. It should be taken three times with or without food.
  • L-Lysine: - Helpful in the post-exercise recovery as well the absorption of calcium in the body. It is also used for the enhancing one’s energy and for the process of muscle synthesis. It should be taken between meals or at bedtime on an empty stomach.
  • L-Ornithine: - Used for detoxification, increasing the immunity and energy enhancement. It should be taken between meals or at bedtime on an empty stomach.
  • N-Acetyl-Cysteine: - It helps in connective tissue repairing, and at the same time controlling inflammation. It also has the unique ability of helping in the detoxification of the liver. It should be taken twice in a day with meals.

Indeed, the best part of these amino acids is that they can be consumed without bothering much about the permutations and combinations. But then one must keep some minor points in mind like never having glutamine with milk or milk products, as it would hamper the absorption of glutamine. Additionally, proper care must be taken regarding acetyl-L-carnitine and tyrosine, as they should be taken separately on an empty stomach and no other proteins or amino acids should be taken with these. On a suggestive note, the readers are advised to consult the doctor before planning to inculcate any of these amino acids in your daily diets.

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This article was published on 2012/07/23