What Are Essential Amino Acids?

If you read our last blog post, you know that amino acids are compounds that your body needs and important building blocks for protein. However, there are different kinds of amino acids, and knowing what your body needs – and what you should be looking for in your high-protein supplements – can help you support your overall health and improve your athletic performance. Read on for more information about the stars of these compounds – essential amino acids – and find them in the protein blends and fitness supplements available from Golden Era Nutrition today.

 

What Are Essential Amino Acids?

Essential amino acids refer to amino acids that your body requires to function but cannot manufacture “in-house.” The only way you can access these essential amino acids is through food or supplements. There are nine essential amino acids your body needs, each with its own role.

1. Leucine

  • Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA)
  • Essential to protein synthesis and muscle repair
  • Regulates insulin and blood sugar levels
  • Produces growth hormones and stimulates wound healing
  • Recommended dose: 39 mg per 1 kg of weight

2. Isoleucine

  • Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA)
  • Heavily concentrated in muscle tissue
  • Involved in muscle metabolism
  • Important to immune function and energy regulation
  • Recommended dose: 20 mg per 1 kg of weight

3. Valine

  • Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA)
  • Helps stimulate muscle growth and regeneration
  • Involved in energy production
  • Recommended dose: 24 mg per 1 kg of weight

4. Histidine

  • Produces histamine
  • Contributes to immune response, digestion, sexual function, and sleep cycles
  • Essential to maintaining protective myelin sheath around nerve cells
  • Recommended dose: 10 mg per 1 kg of weight

5. Lysine

  • Important to protein synthesis and hormone and enzyme production
  • Aids in calcium absorption
  • Contributes to energy production and immune function
  • Recommended dose: 30 mg per 1 kg of weight

6. Methionine

  • Important in metabolism and detoxification processes
  • Essential for tissue growth
  • Aids in absorption of zinc and selenium
  • Recommended dose: 10 mg per 1 kg of weight

7. Phenylalanine

  • Precursor to neurotransmitters, including dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine
  • Contributes to structure and function of protein and enzymes
  • Aids in the production of other amino acids
  • Recommended dose: 25 mg per 1 kg of weight

8. Tryptophan

  • Associated with drowsiness after meals, especially around Thanksgiving
  • Precursor to serotonin, which regulates sleep, appetite, and mood
  • Recommended dose: 4 mg per 1 kg of weight

9. Threonine

  • Important part of proteins like collagen and elastin
  • Involved in protein synthesis
  • Involved in fat metabolism and immune function
  • Recommended dose: 15 mg per 1 kg of weight

Make an Essential Amino Acids Supplement Part of Your Routine

Whether you want to take advantage of all the benefits provided by amino acids for everyday health or you’re looking for an advantage when it comes to athletic performance, you can find the essential amino acids supplement you need from Golden Era Nutrition. We offer a number of products with amino acids, from our Protein Compound to our BCAA products like BCAA + G. Explore our collection to find what you need to live better, and place an order today.