by Ben Greenfield March 28, 2016 5 min read
What are the individual aminos and how do they work?? Our good friend Ben Greenfield is a fitness expert, researcher, and accomplished author, who recently did a podcast with Dr. Minkoff on Essential Amino Acids, which you can listen to HERE. Ben then wrote this article to explain the essential amino acids in a very clean and concise way. Here is some of what he said:
Have you ever heard of Private Tim Hall, AKA Pvt. Tim Hall? If you’re a biology or chemistry geek, you probably have, because his name is the mnemonic commonly used to remember these essential amino acids, which are, drumroll please:
Phenylanine, Valine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Isoleucine, Methionine, Histidine, Arginine,Leucine and Lysine.
Thanks Tim, we’ll send you a check if we ever win money in Biology Trivial Pursuit.
Anyways, let’s take a look at why the heck Pvt. Tim might do us good during exercise, starting with P.
OK, that almost wraps it up for good ol’ Private Tim Hall.
The only thing I didn’t mention is that the EAA’s have a bit of an insulin and cortisol increasing effect, which confuses some people as to why EAA’s would be good. But before you draw back in shock and go flush all your essential amino acids down the toilet because you heard insulin and cortisol make you fat, remember that both insulin and cortisol are crucial (in smaller amounts) for the “anabolic process”, or the growth, repair and recovery of lean muscle tissue.
So the amount of these hormones you get in essential amino acids is far different than the stress and insulin and cortisol response you get from, say, doing burpees with your mother-in-law while eating a pint of ice cream smothered in whiskey while working on an all-nighter project for work.
Read more http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2015/12/how-to-use-amino-acids/
As mentioned above, the reason they are called “Essential” is because they are not made by the body and must be obtained from an outside source. Histadine and Arginine are two that although they do fall into this category, when you put in the other 8, the body can now make these final two. In developing the formula for PerfectAmino, it was determined that this exact blend of these amino acids is, well, perfect, and the body can and does subsequently make the necessary Histadine and Arginine.
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