Amino acids are also known as the “building blocks of life”.
Proteins (from the Greek word ‘protos’, meaning ‘first’ or ‘most important’), are some of the most important building blocks of all living things. Protein building blocks are better known as amino acids. The can be found as a raw material in cells and muscle tissue. The are important for internal organs, bones, skin, hair, growth, and for the maintenance and regeneration of cells. They direct chemical processes, supporting the production of enzymes and hormones. They also play an important role in the immune system.
What exactly are amino acids?
In the human body, 23 protein-building amino acids have been discovered so far. Other amino acids are important for human metabolism without being used for protein production. Eight of them are essential for humans, which means that they cannot be produced by the body and must be acquired from food. In some circumstances, even non-vital amino acids can be essential. It has been proven that some amino acids, although they are not important for survival, greatly increase bodily performance. These amino acids are classed as semi-essential, and for this reason they have come to play an important role in nutritional supplements.
As well as their functions in protein construction, amino acids are important for a large number of metabolism processes: they are precursor molecules to biologically important substances such as hormones, vitamins and functional building blocks. In conjunction with other substances, they play a role in directing important brain functions. They also influence the complicated hormone system to carry out anabolic (muscle-building) functions. Detoxifying metabolic processes are also influenced by amino acids. They function as “emergency energy sources” to cells for the control of the acid-alkali balance, especially in situations involving extreme exertion.
Which amino acids are important?
In the beginning, nutritional scientists focused on the effects of the essential amino acids, because these – just like vitamins – cannot be produced by the body on its own, but instead need to be consumed with food. Recently, however, more and more attention has been paid to non-essential amino acids, because these are just as important for effective metabolism. If enough amino acids are present, the body can create all non-essential amino acids from them in an emergency. To optimise health and performance, though, you should maintain a healthy balance of all amino acids – not just essential ones.
Be sure not to forget to take before training and before going to bed! During sleep, the muscles begin to recover and to grow after periods of intensive exertion. During this phase, the muscles need protein building blocks in the form of protein drinks such as AminoCraft Liquid.