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Amino Acid

Nitrogen-containing structural units that make up peptides and proteins. There are 20 amino acids coded by our DNA and involved in protein synthesis, of which nine are essential and must be consumed in the diet.

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Summary of Amino Acid

Amino Acid supplements are isolated amino acids or groups of isolated amino acids (as is the case with BCAAs) which are typically in lower doses than protein supplements and more specific.

Amino Acids are already consumed in the diet via dietary protein, but superloading specific amino acids in isolation may exert unique effects not found with food or protein supplement intake.

Amino Acids, in isolation, have a wide range of varying effects. They may either be naturally occurring amino acids (such as Taurine or Leucine) or can be slightly modified naturally occurring amino acids (as is the case with Beta-Alanine).

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Frequently Asked Questions and Articles on Amino Acid

How much protein can you eat in one sitting?
You can eat as much protein as you want in one sitting. There is a limit in how fast your body can absorb protein, but any excess protein will simply reside in your gut.

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Amino Acids

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