Will taking amino acids help build muscle and mass? Everyone just says there the "building blocks of protein", what do amino acids actually do?
05-15-2006, 09:17 PM #1
05-16-2006, 12:36 AM #2
proteins are molecular machines designed to perform a certain task.
they are the most complex molecules in existence.
they are construced out of alternating sequences of amino acids by ribosomes that read RNA like a music tape. the amino acid groups interact through hydrogen and polar bonds to fold this big long string into confirmations specific to their task.
long story short. they dont do anything. their building blocks like people tell you
05-16-2006, 12:37 AM #3
the little balls on top getting stuck together by molecules of tRNA that are moving into the slots are amino acids.
also known as peptides.
as in a poly-peptide chain. as in protein.
05-16-2006, 12:55 AM #4
and personally from 4 years of college level bio i'll tell you taking your BCAA's in a capsules a waste of time and money.
but someones sure making alot of money of it, props.
in fact, im a buisness major, and starting a supplement company is something i've thought about.
you see, people seem to think that people with big enzyme baths and drying racks can do a better job of making protein than animals can. roight.
i'd reccomend replaing your capusles with 1 lean chicken breast and some brown rice. i guarantee you get bigger.
05-16-2006, 02:57 AM #5
BCAA's and EAA's may actually promote muscle recovery and growth.
BCAA supplementation has been shown to enhance exercise performance in more than one way. It has been discovered that BCAA's could be used as a fuel during exercise to prevent adverse changes in neurotransmitter function, thus sparing muscle glycogen, and to prevent the decrease in the net rate of protein degredation.
In order to really understand the beneficial effects of BCAA's, you must first understand the Central Fatigue Hypothesis (CFH). CFH was proposed by a biochemist at Oxford, and basically suggested that high levels of serum free-trpyophan (fTRP) in conjunction with low levels of BCAA's (or a high fTRP:BCAA ratio) may be a major factor in fatigue during prolonged endurance exercise (for example). A high fTRP:BCAA ratio may result in a rise of serotonin (very bad!).
There's a lot of support for the hypothesis, and so it is clear that in order to delay the onset of fatigue, the fTRP:BCAA ratio must be stabilized. Doing so will maximize exercise performance, even during resistance training sessions. If serum BCAA ratios fall during exercise, then BCAA supplementation may be a beneficial, preventive measure. BCAA's are primarily metabolized in the muscle (and not the liver like most amino acids and proteins), and thus has been shown to provide energy during exercise.
So don't count BCAA's out!
As a side note, I've been using Champion Nutrition's Amino Acid Shooter for several months and have noticed a tremendous difference in the quality of my workouts.Admin at True Sport Supplements Inc.
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09-04-2012, 04:08 PM #6