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What is an Essential Amino Acid (EAA) Supplement?

What is an EAA Supplement?

"Essential Amino Acids Fuel the Muscle Protein Synthesis that allows your body to perform, recover and grow. Research has shown that supplementing with Essential Amino Acids pre-workout can increase your body’s Anabolic (Muscle Building) response to exercise!"

What is an EAA Supplement Made of?

Essential Amino Acid Supplements are made of specific Amino Acids that are considered Essential.  Of the 20 Amino Acids, 9 are considered Essential with Leucine, Valine and Isoleucine - the BCAAs - being amongst the most well known EAAs.  Remember that all BCAAs are EAAs, but not all EAAs are BCAAs.

What are the Nine Essential Amino Acids?

  • Histidine - EAA
  • Isoleucine - EAA , BCAA
  • Leucine - EAA, BCAA
  • Lysine - EAA
  • Methionine - EAA
  • Phenylalanine - EAA
  • Tryptophan - EAA
  • Valine - EAA, BCAA
  • Threonine - EAA

What Makes an Amino Acid "Essential?"

We require Amino Acids for all sorts of important reasons and while our bodies can manufacture some amino acids on its own, there are others that it cannot. Essential Amino Acids are those Amino Acids that our bodies cannot make and that we; therefore, need to consume through foods, supplements or both.

If you don't get enough Essential Aminos Acids from your diet a deficiency may exist making an Essential Amino Acid Supplement or a Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplement a potentially good idea.

What does an EAA Supplement do?

Essential Amino Acids Fuel Muscle Protein Synthesis (MPS) and Research has shown that supplementing with EAAs before you workout can improve your Anabolic Exercise Response.

Taking an EAA Supplement before, during or after your workout can produce an increase in Protein Synthesis that may create a positive protein balance and result in a muscle building (anabolic) state that allows you to recover and build muscle more easily.

How to Take an Essential Amino Acid Supplement?

I recommend drinking a High-Quality EAA slightly before and while you workout or compete.  This method ensures that you have the EAAs in your system prior to and during your event, not just following the start of it.  I also recommend choosing an Essential Amino Acid Supplement with added Electrolytes to help with any exercise induced hydration challenges you may encounter. 

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