In just the past few years, research into the amino acid requirements of athletes has accelerated rapidly . Generally, the findings prove that amino acid intake stimulates protein synthesis after exercise by increasing the availability of protein to muscle tissue. The net effect, for course, is to build and maintain muscle. Other recent findings show that amino acid supple-mentation enhances energy (particularly when aminos are combined with carbo-hydrate) and stimulates the release of growth hormone. (1)
Further, scientists are recognizing that elderly strength trainers can benefit from amino acid supplements because supplementation has been shown to improve muscle quantity and quality at a time in life when muscle tends to atro-phy. (2)With regard to other research into amino acids, there is more good news. Some examples:• Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, stimulates the synthesis of muscle glycogen, resulting in improved recovery. (3)• The BCAAs (l-leucine, l-isoleucine, and l-valine), which make up about one-third of your muscle protein, reduce mus-cle damage associated with endurance ex-ercise. This is good news for bodybuilders who often fear that aerobic activity may compromise muscular development. (4)• BCAA supplementation induces the loss of body fat. (5)•
Supplementation with essential amino acids – these include the BCAAs, as well as methionine, lysine, arginine, threonine, histidine, and phenylalanine – increases muscular endurance, the ability to contract your muscles repeatedly, without fatigu-ing. That’s incredibly powerful informa-tion, particularly if you’re shooting for greater workout intensities. (6)An Amino Acid Supplementation ProgramClearly, athletes, bodybuilders, and oth-er active people need to incorporate amino acid supplements as a part of an overall dietary strategy for building and main-taining lean muscle . Amino acid supple-mentation is used to provide an additional source of protein — beyond food — that can be used by the muscles for growth and repair. For optimum results, I suggest a three-prong approach that involves the use of BCAAs, free-form amino acids, and GH releasers .BCAAsWhen you’re training hard to build muscle and burn fat, you can easily slip into a “catabolic” state, meaning your body starts feeding on its own muscle for fuel. (7,8) BCAAs can stop this detrimen-tal process in its tracks. (9,10) They work together with insulin (required to build muscle), caused by the digestion of car-bohydrates, to transport other amino acids into the muscles to be used in growth and repair.
Thus, when you supplement with BCAAs, do so with a carbohydrate. We suggest taking our BCAA supplement with one of our carbohydrate drinks, such as ProCarb™ or 50/50 Plus™.On the Parrillo Nutrition Program, we advise taking two more more capsules of our Muscle Amino Formula with each meal . Free-Form Amino AcidsDuring any period of intensified train-ing, in which you’re striving to build muscle, you must give your body in-creased amounts of protein to feed your muscles – and that’s where Parrillo Ulti-mate Amino comes in .This supplement contains a profile of 17 “free form” amino acids, a form that’s easily assimilated by your body so that the aminos are rapidly taken up by your muscles for growth and repair. This for-mulation also contains the BCAAs, dis-cussed above. In addition to the BCAAs, the other aminos in this supplement and their functions are listed in the chart belowWe suggest that you take two or more capsules with each meal.
AMINO ACIDS MAJOR FUNCTIONS _____________________________________________________________
- L-alanine-Energy production and regulation of blood sugar.
- L-aspartic acid-Energy production .
- L-cysteine-Protein metabolism.
- L-arginine -Growth hormone release (with l-ly-sine).
- L-glutamine-Energy production (with B-complex vitamins B-6, B-3, and magnesium).
- L-histidine-Protein synthesis.
- L-lysine-Growth hormone release (with l-arginine).
- L-methionine-Choline synthesis .
- L-phenylalanine-Collagen formation; alertness.
- L-proline-Collagen formation.
- L-serine-Production of cellular energy.
- L-threonine-Energy production .