Amazing Aminos


Mar 6, 2012

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Your workouts are sluggish, your focus and energy are sadly lacking and mass gains are, well, ah....just not massive enough. Before you down some more caffeine and attempt through sheer willpower alone to struggle through another routine, consider this: Focus, energy, muscle growth, and all brain and bodily functions are dependent on proper amino acid intake. These phenomenal building blocks are the basis of all biological activity in the body (including growing those rock-hard biceps and chiseled abs you want so badly) but many of these tried-and-true clinically backed heroes are sadly overlooked by bodybuilders. Some of the following are well known (BCAAs, arginine) and some of them are not--but these lesser known underdogs are surprisingly inexpensive, highly effective and a must-have for every bodybuilder's supplement list. Browse through to find what you're missing.

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BCAA's
Without a doubt the most important amino acids in any athlete's supplement regimen are the all-star mass building/muscle protectors, BCAAs. Named for their branch-like structure, these amazing growth promoters are found in nearly every serious bodybuilding formula on the market. You'll normally find them in the correct ratio of 2:1:1 (leucine, iso-leucine and valine), which is important for proper protein utilization. To facilitate muscle growth and help prevent muscle tissue breakdown during training, take 2400 mg before and 2400 mg after workouts or between meals.


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Leucine
If mass building is on top of your list, leucine needs to be there as well. Leucine is recognized as having several important anabolic properties such as promoting muscle synthesis via nitrogen balance, preserving glycogen and supporting strength during exercise. What serious bodybuilder could ask for more? In a recent double blind placebo controlled study, untrained men were given 4 grams per day of leucine while a placebo was given to a control group. After 12 weeks, the men given the leucine were shown to have a 10% increase in strength. (1) With all the recent clinical study on leucine, it's no wonder it has become the most popular of the BCAA's and one of the more crucial supplements to help support muscle synthesis. Leucine can be found in ProSource's BCAA formula or taken by itself, ProSource Leucine, 2 grams before and 2 grams after workouts.
(1) Ispoglou T, King RF, Polman RC, Zanker C. Daily L-leucine supplementation in novice trainees during a 12-week weight training program. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2011 Mar;6(1):38-50.

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Arginine
After many years, arginine remains one of the most indispensible bodybuilding tools for optimum muscle growth and performance. The benefits of arginine read like a wish-list for bodybuilders and athletes looking to optimize training and increase mass. It is needed by the body to produce nitric oxide which in turn facilitates the dilation of blood vessels to increase "muscle pump" and the transport of nutrients to muscle tissue during intense workouts. Also, intake of high levels of arginine has been associated with better recovery after workouts and improved muscle synthesis. Finally, arginine is involved in the removal of damaging ammonia which builds up quickly during intense weight lifting which may in turn diminish performance. Take 4 grams of ProSource Arginine before and 4 grams after workouts. For ProSource Super AKG, follow instructions on the bottle.

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Glutamine
Researchers and trainers alike can't seem to say enough about the amazing recovery benefits that can be gained from glutamine supplementation.  Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in skeletal muscle tissue, this fact alone should tell us something of the importance of this critical molecule. When the body is at low levels of glutamine, our muscle tissue does not recover from intense exercise as well. When we experience body stress such as weight training, this non essential amino acid becomes a conditionally essential one, and this condition becomes quite critical when you consider that glutamine levels can be reduced by 50% after a stressful heavy workout. Furthermore, according to clinical research, L-glutamine supplementation can increase intracellular water levels (which can facilitate muscle energy and recovery), augment body cell mass and increase body weight. (2) Glutamine is also available as N-acetyl-L-Glutamine which is a highly bioavailable form of this critical supplement gem. For L-Glutamine supplementation, take 5 grams of ProSource Mega Glutamine 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after workouts. For N-acetyl-L-Glutamine, take 2 grams of ProSource Ultra Glutamine 30 minutes before and after workouts.
(2)Shabert, Nutrition, 1999; Nov.-Dec.; 15 (11-12):860-4.

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Acetyl L-Carnitine
If you think you can, or you think you can't--you're probably right. Point being, when it comes to optimizing workout sessions for performance, your mind is just as important as your muscles. This is why acetyl L-carnitine is such a crucial bodybuilding supplement, because it can help facilitate brain energy and attitude as well as protect muscle and enhance recovery. Acetyl-L-Carnitine is the highly bioavailable form of carnitine, which is a compound synthesized from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Carnitine is critical for the transport of medium chain fatty acids into the mitochondria of the cell where they are metabolized for energy production. The bottom line is that this function of carnitine is absolutely crucial during workouts as an alternate energy pathway that can save muscle tissue from being used for energy--which makes acetyl-L-carnitine a serious anti-catabolic agent. Furthermore, ALC helps reduce muscle soreness, facilitates recuperation and muscle repair and can also enhance focus and cognition. To help pump up your brain as well as your body, take up to 1000 mg of Prosource Acetyl L-Carnitine prior to training sessions.

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Taurine
Not getting quite the pump you need from creatine alone? This next amino has shown an amazing ability to hydrate muscle cells and help increase strength gains. This in itself would be enough to make it an essential supplement for weight training, but this is only the beginning. It also plays a critical role in the delicate electrolyte balance in the cell, keeping potassium in while pushing sodium out, so that a proper equilibrium is maintained. This is crucial for optimizing muscle cell contraction during intense training. In addition, it has the ability to facilitate blood sugar transport into the cell to help maintain steady energy. Clinical research has shown taurine to have a serious anti-catabolic effect as well. To take advantage of all these benefits, high-intensity bodybuilders should consume 1000 to 1500 mgs of taurine per day in order to optimize size and strength gains. ProSource Mega Taurine is the purest and highest quality taurine available.

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NAC
Muscle mass gain is a two-sided coin: growing it; and keeping it. New research has recognized that protecting muscle tissue from damaging free radicals is just as important as muscle growth. N-acetyl-cysteine is a stable form of the amino acid cysteine which is a direct precursor to glutathione, the master antioxidant and free radical scavenger in the body. Glutatione has many benefits, one of which is the protection of muscle cells from ROS (reactive oxygen species) damage during intense activity such as weight training. ROS can have negative effects on exercise such as fatigue and diminished recovery while higher glutathione levels can effectively control ROS damage which may improve training results. In addition, cysteine is a sulfur compound used to help rebuild connective tissue which can have a positive effect on sore athletic joints. It's a good idea to include alpha lipoic acid while taking NAC as it can also help increase available glutathione. For ultimate bodybuilding and muscle mass support take 600 mg ProSource NAC before training and 600 mg after along with 100 mg ProSource Alpha Lipoic Acid.

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Beta Alanine 
Beta alanine has been around since the beginning of multi-celled life forms (along with the other 20 or so aminos) but has only recently become one of the new super supplements in bodybuilding circles. This sudden fame is due to its being the subject of many recent clinical studies demonstrating its ability to increase protein synthesis for quite dramatic mass building results. Apparently this is accomplished by its nitrogen transport mechanism, one of the key metabolic functions needed for muscle growth. Beta alanine has also been shown to play a crucial role in providing muscle cells with glycogen, the stored cellular energy. In addition, it has demonstrated an ability to increase the lactic acid threshold (lessening muscle fatigue), especially when taken in combination with creatine. Beta alanine actually reduces lactic acid indirectly by increasing carnosine, which is one of the lactic-acid-buffering components in the cell. So it would seem that taking carnosine might be a better method, right? Unfortunately, carnosine is broken down in the gut so that a mere 40% is left as beta alanine, so it's better to take the more bioavailable beta alanine to increase your carnosine levels. To support mass building and energy during weight training, take 2 grams of ProSource Beta Alanine 20 to 30 minutes before training and another 2 grams sometime during the day.

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Tyrosine
See if this sounds familiar: After a tall cup of joe that doesn't give you anything but the jitters, you drag your tired butt into the gym and push yourself through another dull routine. What if one simple supplement could turn that dull workout into a powerhouse mass building session? Incredibly, some athletes have reported an increase of 40% more intensity during workouts while taking the amino acid tyrosine, making it one of the most powerful natural focusing agents available. Considering its highly important metabolic functions, it's not hard to see why. Tyrosine is a precursor to some very powerful neurotransmitters including L-Dopa (an amino acid associated with increased muscle mass), dopamine (shown to help reduce stress) and norepinephrine (a very powerful energizer and focus enhancer that has been shown to assist exercise). Some of the other benefits found from clinical study of tyrosine are increased blood flow to muscle and elevated blood glucose from tissue. Taking tyrosine is a great way to help support energy during long weight-lifting sessions to get the optimum mass building out of your workouts. Tyrosine is quite potent so be sure to start off with 500 mg to access your tolerance. Take 500 to 1000 mg of ProSource Tyrosine prior to exercise for a potent energy and focus boost.

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L-Ornithine
If you're feeling sluggish and fatigued during your routine, you may be missing this next very crucial amino. In the arena of bodybuilding nutrients, it's not just muscle recovery and energy production that's in demand by your body; you also need to clean up the harmful chemicals produced from your workouts so as to keep you from slowing down. L-ornithine is a critically important amino acid for bodybuilders as it helps detoxify tissue-damaging ammonia during high intensity training. It also plays a crucial role in helping repair and heal connective tissue in joints. Another of ornithine's critical roles is as a precursor to citrulline, which has been associated with energy assistance. Citrulline is also a direct precursor to arginine, which makes L-ornithine a key player in the production of nitric oxide, which has been shown to assist muscle pump and may improve mass gain results. To assist your mass building efforts and protect muscle tissue during bodybuilding sessions, take 1000 mg ProSource L-Ornithine before exercise.

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L-Theanine
Dieting, hormone swings, mind and body stress can all add up to one moody athlete (and hopefully not a broken fist on the wall). Thankfully there is an amino acid that's considered one of the most effective natural mood enhancers available. L-Theanine is a non-essential amino acid that research has shown stimulates alpha waves in the brain which in turn helps to promote deep relaxation while simultaneously maintaining an alert and conscious state of mind, just the thing to unwind after a heavy bodybuilding session. L-theanine is the same compound in green tea that helps produce a relaxed demeanor. The reason for its calming effect is its apparent ability to increase levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, both shown to have a profound effect on relaxation. Furthermore, L-theanine's ability to increase serotonin and dopamine may have a positive effect on memory and concentration. For relaxation, take 100 mg ProSource L-Theanine 2 or 3 times per day.    

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L-Lysine
Some of the more important amino acids are often the ones that are greatly under estimated. L-Lysine is an essential and growth-limiting amino acid, meaning that if you don't get enough of it, muscle synthesis will stop. It is also necessary for calcium absorption, the production of hormones, antibodies and enzymes as well as proper nitrogen balance (crucial for muscle growth). Another benefit from L-lysine is its involvement in muscle recovery and repair, a crucial function for bodybuilders looking to get the most muscle mass out of their training. Other functions include maintaining energy levels and helping reduce stress. Another amino acid with diverse benefits for bodybuilders, L-lysine should be on every athlete's list. Take 500 mg of ProSource L-lysine between meals, up to 1500 mg per day. 

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Glycine
Glycine offers a number of advantages for active individuals as it helps reduce catabolic actions and promotes the use of glucose for energy support by helping to improve glycogen storage. It is also a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and as a result offers a multitude of other key benefits, which is why you need to trust the brand you use to maximize effectiveness. ProSource's Glycine is the highest quality, HPLC tested material available.

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Choline
Athletes have long valued choline for its key role in improving neuro-muscular function and helping to sharpen focus during intense exercise. Because choline has been shown to support enhanced focus, this essential B vitamin has proven especially useful to low-carb dieters suffering from the "crash" sometimes associated with those nutritional regimens. If you want to ramp up your intensity and drive, this versatile, premium quality choline supplement may be just what you need.


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