Summary of Essential Amino Acids
Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts
Proteins are composed of amino acids, some of which your body can synthesize and others not. The ones you need yet cannot synthesize, and thus need to ingest, are called essential amino acids (EAAs). Among those, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are crucial to your muscles, with leucine being especially anabolic.
A protein is called complete when, proportionally to its overall amino-acid content, it has enough of each EAA (as shown in the “mg/g of protein” column in the above table). The main advantage of animal proteins is that most are complete.
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