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What are Amino acid complexes?
Amino acid complexes are broad spectrum amino acids. Amino acids work synergistically in the body and are the building blocks of protein. They are sometimes found individually for therapeutic reasons.

What do Amino acids do in the body?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein in ...Read more the body. Every cell requires protein and has many functions. Amino acids are set into 3 categories. The first is essential amino acids. These cannot be made in the diet and there ore it is essential that we consume them through our diet or through supplementation.  The second is conditionally essential amino acids. These are able to be produced in most people’s bodies, however a small minority of people are unable to make them, or there may be a specific time in your life such as through illness when you cannot make them. The third category is non-essential amino acids. These can be produced in the body. Sometimes however we may need to increase the number of theses such as in muscle building or recovering from illness.

Essential amino acids; Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Lysine

Conditionally essential amino acids; Arginine, Asparagine, Glutamine, Glycine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine
Non-essential; Alanine, Aspartate, Cysteine, Glutamate
Protein contribute to the maintenance of normal bones
Protein is needed for a growth in muscle mass and for the maintenance of muscle mass.

Why do I need Amino acid complexes?
Some people may need extra amino acid supplementation. Athletes, sports people and body builders may benefit from taking extra amino acids to help them gain muscle mass. People who are underweight or mal nourished will also benefit from the extra protein to help them recover and provide the extra protein their body needs to grow or maintain muscle mass. Vegans and vegetarians may also benefit. Sometimes it is hard to get enough protein in your diet, or a broad enough spectrum of amino acids.

Vegan protein tends to only contain a few types of amino acids in each food type and to get the full range of amino acids, a wide variety of vegan protein needs to be consumed each day, and sometimes this is not possible. When recovering from illness, sometimes we need a little extra support. Our bodies may have to make a lot of new structures in the body and therefore we require extra protein.

How do I take amino acid complexes?
Amino acid complex are best to be taken on an empty stomach with a carbohydrate rich snack such as a piece of fruit. If you take your amino acid supplement with protein, your supplement will have to compete with absorption.

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