Amino acids are critical for fueling your body and giving your muscles the energy needed for an intense workout. Without proper amino acid intake into the body, you will not be able to workout at your peak energy levels, and your chances of building lean muscle and burning fat are in serious jeopardy! On top of fueling your body with energy, amino acids are crucial for muscle recovery.
If you are not familiar with amino acids, let me briefly explain their importance and exactly what they are. Amino acids are simply defined as the building blocks of protein. Without the proper amount of amino acids fueling your muscles and your body, you will not be able to fully recover from your workouts and build new muscle. Humans actually require 20 amino acids! Amino acids can greatly influence muscle recovery and growth. According to livestrong.com, “Research suggests that muscle recovery may be expedited by the consumption of amino acids.” Since amino acids are found in your muscles, if you do not consume these regularly through food and proper supplementation, your body will take them out of your muscles if other parts of your body are in need of them. This could be detrimental to your muscle recovery and growth. If your muscles are depleted of amino acids, you simply will not recover and grow lean muscle tissue as expeditiously as you can.
The most important amino acids for muscle recovery are the BCAAs, or commonly referred to as branch chain amino acids. According to Dr. Richard B. Kreider from the article published in “Sports Science Journal” in 1999,” Branch Chain Amino Acids–leucine, isoleucine and valine–are used by the muscles during endurance exercise. The decrease in BCAAs may lead to fatigue, ultimately shortening the length of the exercise bout.”
L-Glutamine is also a very good amino acid to supplement for muscle recovery. If you wanted to be sure that you are fueling your body with the perfect combination of amino acids for muscle recovery, supplement a BCAA blend with L-Glutamine. I have been doing this post-workout combination for over a year and have gotten some great results from it! If you take a good whey protein powder you should be getting all of the other non-essential amino acids on a regular basis. In my opinion it is not necessary to supplement with anything else post-workout except for a BCAA blend and L-Glutamine.