Amino acid supplementation is the topic hot on everybody's lips in the sports nutrition industry. From bodybuilders to CrossFitters, strongmen to track runners, practically all athletes are reaping the rewards of amino acid supplementation. But it's not just any old amino's that are causing the buzz.
A quick nutrition lesson
Typically, it's the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) that have lapped up most of the plaudits and interest in the sports nutrition community: Leucine, Isoleucine & Valine.
Research has typically focused on the benefits these 3 produce, such as leucine's role in enhancing muscle protein synthesis and isoleucine's ability to enhance glucose uptake. In other words, all 3 show very promising signs for increased muscular growth, recovery and surprisingly, enhanced training performance due to offsetting intra-workout fatigue.
Essential Amino Acids (EAA's) are indispensable amino acids that the body cannot synthesize on its own. Including the 3 main BCAA's, there are 6 others including phenlyalanine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, lysine and histidine. These amino acids also play an integral role in recovery, muscle growth and overall health.
The bottom line is without consuming them from whole foods or via supplementation, we won't harness the benefits of them. It then becomes a question of “how much is optimal to receive the aforementioned benefits?”
Optimising Amino Acid Supplementation
Some people have suggested that simply eating enough quality whole food sources is enough and that additional amino acid supplementation is unnecessary. My response to that would be: “Are we striving to be elite, or are we content to be average?”. Very often, when you're trying to excel at building muscle, losing fat and increasing performance, you need to go beyond the norm. And that's why we created AminoTaur at AD.
The fact is that even with an abundance of lean chicken, prime cuts of beef and pounds of whey being jammed down our gullets, amino acid supplementation still provides additional benefits.
There are 2 key areas that whole food sources – or even shakes – simply cannot contend with direct amino acid supplementation's benefits. These are:
- Pre & Intra-workout
- To overcome the refractory response of protein synthesis in between meals.
The first case for supplementing with intra-workout amino acids was tailor made for AminoTaur (or rather, we tailor made AminoTaur for your workouts!). This is because that when you train, you very often break down amino acids for energy and at worse may cannibalise muscle tissue for energy. For anybody whose goal is fat loss, intra-workout amino supplementation should be obligatory if you're serious about results.
But it's not just those conscious about retaining muscle tissue during grueling workouts either. Research has shown that direct BCAA supplementation consumed pre & intra-workout is able to offset fatigue in a way that whole food sources cannot, irrespective of how good the meals you've ate prior to training may be. This is probably because the amino acids in AminoTaur are instantised and put to use immediately to sustain and enhance performance in a manner that whole foods simply cannot. There's a reason why all elite athletes are now refusing to train without an amino acid concoction by their side.
In addition to workout performance, amino acid supplementation can also enhance your overall physique and level of muscular development. Fascinating research by Dr Layne Norton shown that ingesting BCAA's can overcome the refractory response of protein synthesis in between regular meals, meaning that you can spike muscle growth more potently by consuming AminoTaur in between whole food meals at set intervals.
So what makes AminoTaur unique to other amino acid supplements on the market?
It's quite simple – the answer is in the dosage. Most amino acid supplements offer pitiful dosages of just the 3 BCAA's for optimising physique and performance, when it's quite evident that 3.2grams of leucine at the very least is needed to spike protein synthesis to maximum levels. With AminoTaur, you get a whopping 5grams of leucine in each hit, in addition to 1 gram of isoleucine and 1 gram of valine in each scoop. To say protein synthesis will be maximised would be an understatement – this product would send muscle building into another stratosphere!
But it doesn't just end there. AminoTaur is fortified with an immense amount of EAA's – 6 grams to be precise – that play a further role in enhancing recovery between sessions, strengthening the immune system and keeping the metabolism elevated so you can maximise your rate of fat loss.
Clearly, AminoTaur is the elite solution for athletes looking for a cutting-edge amino acid supplement. Take 1 scoop of AminoTaur pre & intra-workout, and consume another daily, sipped slowly in between 2 meals.