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The Skinny on Essential Amino Acids


Essential Amino Acids are a combination of nine different essential amino acids in which the body cannot produce on its own. These Essential Amino Acids are mostly found in food and outside supplementation. They can be found in most meats, eggs, fish, and some plant sources such as chia seeds. The nine different amino acids found in Essential Amino Acids are leucine, isoleucine, valine, histidine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, and tryptophan. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein which are crucial in our everyday diets. Essential Amino Acids help us recover as well as aid in building muscle and providing overall health support.

Normally Essential Amino Acids come in the form of powder. Occasionally they do come in pill form like other dietary supplements. Essential Amino Acids also do not contain any calories when they are in the raw form. Most people who supplement with Essential Amino Acids prefer them in the raw form because of the added value of no extra calories all while providing the benefits that these amino acids contain.

Although many people are not familiar with Essential Amino Acids, many are familiar with certain ingredients found in Essential Amino Acids. Some of these ingredients may include leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These are the ingredients located in Branch Chain Amino Acids. Although Branch Chain Amino Acids are more popular Essential Amino Acids look much better on paper. Both of these Amino Acid supplements have many of the same effects but the one thing EAAs have over BCAAs is that it has 9 amino acids while Branch Chain Amino Acids only have 3.

What EAAs can do for you as an athlete who weigh trains or performs cardiovascular activity is prevent any muscle catabolism that might occur. Essential Amino Acids contain no calories therefore if one is in a fasted state the benefit of having no calories is that it does not bring you out of your fasted state. This helps regulate glucose and blood sugar levels which can equal more fat burning due to tapping into fat stores while you are in a fasted state. You can also use Essential Amino Acids in your intra workout drink as well which helps repair muscle and prevent catabolism even while you are training a specific muscle group. This can lead to faster muscle growth and better recovery for your training regimen to help you make quicker progress.

Supplementing with EAAs can be beneficial for anyone who exercises or adheres to a decent diet routine. This supplement while not as popular as Branch Chain Amino Acids is still making headway in the fitness community. While Essential Amino Acids may never be as popular as Branch Chain Amino Acids there is no debating on the benefits of this great ingredient.

Here at NutraCap Labs we offer Essential Amino Acids as one of our premium ingredients. Let us help you formulate your next product using this ingredient for your supplement line. To get the process started visit us online at


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