Can someone describe amino acids?

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    Jan 17, 2015 5:56 AM GMT
    So at the moment I'm just sticking to regular protein powder but one of my friends said I should start on amino acids.

    Not quite sure if they are any good so if anyone could give me some insight and how it's gone for them that would be great
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 17, 2015 7:41 AM GMT
    I used to take a variety of aminos. Be very careful, some can really fuck with your mental health. The only one I still take (after a lot of research) is Acetyl L-Carnitine. Mainly they are fat burners, so if you are not have any fat burning issues then don't bother with them until you get older. But definitely do your research. If you can get a copy of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by Phyllis A. Balch CNC, it is just about the best book there is around for information about vitamin and herbs (and I have a lot of nutrition and vitamin books). I order the Acetyl L-Carnitine from herbstoreusa because they sell in bulk at a very reasonable price and buying it in capsule form is very expensive . One thing you need to know about aminos is that you need to be sure to drink plenty of water. Not a lot of water, just be sure to drink a normal daily allowance. Be careful though because again there are some aminos that you should not take for a long term because they can fuck with your body, not only your mental state, but they can weaken your heart and liver and more.
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    Jan 19, 2015 5:33 AM GMT
    I basically let the protein powder manufacturers make the decision for me since most come pre-mixed with BCAAs, and I never miss post workout protein, which is presumably the best time for both protein and BCAAs. If I'm on a plain unflavored non-BCAA protein mix I use a general amino acid for "rebuilding" like Bodytech HMB.

    Besides, with 48oz smoothies like mine, why over supplement?:

    • water
    • ice
    • 1 tblspn apple cider vinegar
    • (sometimes) 1/3 pint pasteurized 100% liquid egg whites
    • 1 dollop of 2% Greek yogurt
    • ½ scoop domestic (flavored w/bcaas or unflavored) whey protein isolate
    • ½ scoop flavored hydrolyzed beef protein isolate w/bcaas
    • 1 frozen banana
    • (sometimes) frozen blueberries
    • (in season) fresh raw whole cranberries
    • (sometimes) 1 ladle unsweetened natural applesauce
    • 1 slice fresh ginger
    • 1 tspn pomegranate powder
    • 1 tspn goji powder
    • 1 tspn acai powder
    • 1 tspn cacoa powder
    • (sometimes) 1 tspn goldenberry powder
    • (sometimes) 1 tspn maca powder
    • (sometimes) 1 tspn green coffee powder
    • at least two fresh organic greens from this list:
    - watercress
    - kale
    - spinach
    - collard greens
    - broccoli
    - dandelion
    - swiss chard
    - (sometimes) ¼ avocado
    • ½-1 cooked cup steel cut oatmeal rolled with the following additional ingredients:
    - ½ tspn raw unsweetened shaved coconut
    - 1 tspn raw unsalted almonds
    - 1 tspn flaxseed meal
    - 1 tspn hemp seed
    - 1 tspn chia seed
    - 1 tspn raw cacoa nibs
    - 1 tspn raw dehydrated pomegranate nibs
    - (sometimes) mulberries
    - (sometimes) goji berries
    - (sometimes) raw dehydrated whole unsweetened cranberries
    - (sometimes) raw whole goldenberries

  • mybud

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    Feb 22, 2015 8:16 PM GMT
    Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins used to grow,repair, and maintain muscle tissues. I take ON brand Superior AMINO TABS...320 pills for about 20 dollars. I have seen a vast difference in muscle growth..the muscles are denser and muscle soreness has decreased. The only negative is that they're huge tablets.. a lot of water to wash them down.