You’ve probably noticed Amino VITAL® products contain amino acids and you may be wondering if amino acids are okay for your young athlete. Amino acids are not only okay, but they may help your child perform at a higher level.
Unlike heavily sugared and/or caffeinated energy drinks, Amino VITAL supplements and sports drink mixes are formulated around amino acids – the building blocks of protein. In healthy humans there are eight amino acids that are essential. The human body cannot make them naturally, and therefore you must get them from food or supplements.
Though many companies source their amino acids from human hair, Amino VITAL’s products contain AJIPURE, the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade and plant-based amino acids that are also microionized, making them more soluble in water so they work faster in the body.
Most Common Amino Acids In Amino VITAL Products
BCAAs (Valine, Isoleucine and Leucine) – the branched chain amino acids (or BCAAs as they are often called) work together to turn on muscle building and repair. Leucine is the key amino acid that does this, but it doesn’t work alone and instead needs to be consumed alongside the other BCAAs.
Glutamine is abundant in the body and important for immune system health as well as gut health. If you are taxing your body through tough training, you may benefit from supplemental glutamine.
Arginine helps open up blood vessels to accommodate greater blood flow. Greater blood flow means more oxygen and nutrients delivered to your muscles.
Amino Acids Are Safe
We eat them every day in foods that contain protein. Plus, Amino VITAL formulations are gluten-free and non-GMO.
Faster Than Protein Drinks
We often get the question, “What’s the difference between whole proteins, protein drinks, bars or powders and amino acids?” Amino acids are absorbed much faster – they get into the bloodstream very quickly and therefore support hard working muscles right away.
Many sources of protein take time to digest, resulting in a slow release of amino acids in the body and to muscle tissue. In addition to slower delivery and potentially feeling ‘full’ or bloated, whole sources of protein can cause stomach upset when consumed soon before or during exercise (because blood is shunted toward working muscles while the body needs to digest protein at the same time).
While engaged in activities, amino acids help start the muscle building and repair process, making them an added benefit to every athlete’s training program. Though
Amino VITAL products are perfectly safe for children, it is always best to consult your health care professional with specific questions about your young athlete before beginning this or any other nutritional supplementation program.
Where To Start?
Try Amino VITAL Focus Zone during your young athlete’s next training session or competition. It’s a deliciously simple way to experience the benefits described here. Focus Zone mixes with water and provides energy and healthy hydration for every sport with no sugar and no caffeine.
Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD
Sports Nutritionist, Atlanta Hawks
Co-Editor: NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition