AMINO ACIDS (AA)

Any class of organic compounds that contains at least one amino group and one carboxyl group. They are the building blocks from which proteins are constructed.
  • Description: An amino acid that helps maintain a healthy balance in the central nervous system.

    Benefits:

    • Helps maintains optimal balance and equilibrium for the central nervous system
    • Acts as a mood stabilizer, preventing individuals from being overly nervous or overly calm

    Did you know? Research has shown asparagine increases the resistance to fatigue, thereby stepping up the stamina in athletes.

     

  • Description: An amino acid vital for a healthy life. When taken as a supplement, it is usually in the form of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC).

    Benefits:

    • Shown to help prevent or reverse side effects caused by drug reactions and toxic chemicals
    • Helps break down mucus in the body. May help in the treatment of many respiratory conditions including COPD, asthma, bronchitis and influenza
    • Aids in preventing or treating angina, HIV/AIDS, sjogren syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and reducing colon and lung cancer
  • Description: An amino acid used in the biosynthesis of proteins. It is non-essential and conditionally essential, meaning the body can synthesize it by itself, except during stress or strenuous activity – which increases demand for glutamine, but must be obtained from outside source.

    Benefits:

    • Improves wound healing in postoperative patients and assists in recovery for trauma and burn patients
    • Halts the breakdown of muscle, stimulates new growth and speeds post-exercise recovery
    • May help relieve treatment-related side effects of cancer

    Did you know? During intense training, glutamine levels are greatly depleted in the body, which decreases strength, stamina and recovery. It could take up to 6 days for levels to return to normal, which is problematic when glutamine is key in protein synthesis. Studies have shown that supplementation can minimize breakdown of muscle and improve protein metabolism.

  • Description: An amino acid derived from the amino acid glycine which is important for overall good health, both physical and mental.

    Benefits:

    • Contributes to improvements in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
    • Helps produce immunoglobulins and antibodies for a strong immune system
    • Aids in the absorption of creatine, which helps build and maintain all muscles

    Did you know? Serine is needed to produce tryptophan, an amino acid that is used to make serotonin. Both serotonin and tryptophan shortages have been linked to depression, insomnia and anxiety.