Essential Amino Acids: 9g EAA Powder to Stop Muscle Loss
Yes! You heard it here! Essential amino acids can be an extremely valuable nutritional supplement to consume post-workout to reduce muscle loss. We all know that during exercise the body uses glycogen in the muscle. [assuming you are training hard]. With this in mind, it’s fair to say that the longer you leave the body without key macronutrients [read:protein,carbohydrates] the more likely you are to increase the rate of muscle loss.
Protein synthesis – the buzzword here. Protein synthesis is what allows greater absorption of protein turnover in the muscle. What does this mean, I hear you say? Basically, the higher the protein synthesis, the greater the recovery, the strength gains, and the size gains as well. The same thing we all want, if not all three, at least one.
Now these peptide proteins can be purchased from many credible online discount supplement stores in powder or tablet form. However, keep in mind that the powdered form requires an acquired taste. The tablets come in 500mg to 1000mg and you will only need 9 of them after training.
So where did all this research come from and why should you believe me in this article? Go to Google and type “Essential amino acids are primarily responsible for the amino acid stimulation of muscle protein anabolism in healthy older adults 1, 2, 3” and there you will see a very interesting study. But it doesn’t stop there – look around you and you’ll see the same studies cited all over the place.
So can you get essential amino acids from other sources? You can of course have some fast acting whey protein, such as whey protein isolate, which will provide you with amino acids, but they may not reach the bloodstream and therefore the muscles fast enough. So keep that in mind.
So remember, 9g of EAA mixed in water post workout will only do you good!