What are Amino Acids and why are they important?

Over the course of the next few articles, we are going to be taking a closer look at Amino Acids. Most regular gym-goers are fully aware of the importance of a protein rich diet for building muscle and gaining mass. For many, this is as far as their knowledge goes, but if you want to really make serious gains it is well worth spending a little time learning about Amino Acids.

Amino Acids are organic compounds that are vital for not just getting bigger, but our very existence. The human body needs a number of amino acids in substantial amounts to maintain good health, they are in every cell in our body and produce proteins which help with everything from digesting food to repairing body tissue. Proteins are comprised of hundreds of Amino Acids chained together by Peptide Bonds – you can think of Protein as a big beaded bracelet, each bead signifying an Amino Acid.

Amino Acids can be categorised into three separate groups – essential, non-essential and conditional. There are hundreds of them, however only some of these are naturally occurring,

Essential Amino Acids
The essential Amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. None of these can be produced by the body, therefore they must be sourced from our diet.

Non-Essential Amino Acids
The non-essential Amino acids are alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, and glutamic acid. These Amino acids can be produced by the body, but may require supplementation in some individuals.

Conditional Amino Acids
Conditional Amino acids are arginine, cysteine, glutamine, tyrosine, glycine, ornithine, proline, and serine. These amino acids are usually not essential, but may be required or supplemented on certain conditions such as illness or stress.

Whilst stacking up your Amino Acids at every meal is not required, it is important to get a balance of them throughout your day.

Why add iBCAA powder to your drink?

muscle-man-statueThese days, the sports drinks market is becoming more and more competitive. There is now a good opportunity for innovation and iBCAA powder (instant mixing BCAA powder) fits the category perfectly.

For the last few years we have seen an increasing interest in BCAA powder for pre workout drinks (branched-chain amino acid) Obviously this is not without a reason.

BCAA inclusion may be useful for gaining mass & helping with recovery, these amino acids are said to be helpful for maintaining muscle mass while on a low calorie diet, say lots of the worlds best known body builders.

Unfortunately from the beverage manufacturers point there was one rather large negative problem, the original type BCAA created a very specific aftertaste and was hard to dissolve, good news is that iBCAA powder has much less of aftertaste (if any) with some athletes simply adding up to 20g of iBCAA straight to their water and consuming during training, any aftertaste from iBCAA can be completely masked by adding sucralose as a sweetener or by adding flavours.

As well has having very little taste, iBCAA powder from Trade Ingredients is easily dissolved.

Other ingredients that you can find in such sports drinks: L-carnitine, caffeine green tea, B group vitamins, citrulline malate, beta alanine.

Instant BCAA Powder is a premium ingredient which can add profit to your sports supplements as well as making your product different and higher in BCAAs