Amino acid supplements

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    Jun 19, 2007 3:43 PM GMT
    So here's a basic question in need of a detailed answer. When taking amino acid supplements, when is the best time to take them?

    Usually I've taken one in the morning with a meal, second after working out with a meal and in the evening with a meal. Would there be any benefit in taking one BEFORE a workout?

    Any info would be much appreciated.
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    Jun 22, 2007 1:44 PM GMT
    I think it depends on which amino acids you're taking. I once tried one of those HGH precursor amino acid stacks (waste of money, IMO), and the directions were to take it before bed. I now take branch chain amino acids, and I have a little scoop in my pre-workout oatmeal as well as in my post-workout protein shake. My chiropractor tried to get me on a liquid arginine/mineral supplement, and that had to be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (it was vile tasting, and I could only gag my way through one bottle.)
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    Jul 04, 2007 12:34 AM GMT
    Arginine you want to take on an empty stomach. An hour after you ate or an hour before you eat at the very least.

    Other aminos such as stuff you find in Animal Nitro, Leukic and any other Leucine based amino acid formula (including the liquid proteins that are cropping up everywhere) seem to tolerate food a lot better. I still take these right before I eat if I can help the timing.

    Taking Leukic or Leukidrol or similar amino acid blends before workouts will help with fatigue and keep you anabolic during your workout. Don't neglect to take your protein shake after the workout.

    Alternatively, you could skip the amino acid blend and go with a shake before workout and a shake right after. Make sure you're using a high quality, high bioavailable protein shake. Translation: dont go cheap.

    As for the Amino acid blends for stimulating HGH. THey're a mixed bag. Only Scretagogue did me any good and like the other poster said, it has to be taken on a completely empty stomach which means at night 3 hours after you ate your last meal. The only problem with these blends is they seem to increase heart rate and blood pressure (don't know why), may interfere with sleep if you're a light sleeper, and I have heard that they speed the growth of cancerous cells. I don't know about the last part.

    I have used them. If you have the money to shell out 120 dollars a month on night time aminos, they might be worth it but morethan likely they're not right for you.

    Also anyone with any virus load, as in HIV, Hep C, and any other virus based disease should NOT take arginine. Please warn your friends about this. Arginine increases virus load dramatically. Avoid it at all cost if you're infected.
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    Jul 16, 2007 11:03 PM GMT
    I have been taking BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids) for more than a year now. I take it in a powder form at 5grams about 30 min before I workout. I also take 2 grams of arginine at the sametime and I seem to get a better pump than without it. I don't take other aminos because I get enough protien through my diet. The BCAAs must be taken in through your diet and are metabolized in the muscle and used for fuel and recovery (so they claim). You can find studies some good and some not. You have to try them for yourself and do some reading.
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    Jul 17, 2007 4:03 AM GMT
    To answer directly, my suspicion would be post workout...

    To comment further, there is really nothing more important to training than having a well balanced diet. Ideally, your core diet should be well rounded enough to make amino supplements superfluous.