What are Amino Acids: The building blocks of protein and so much more

What are Amino Acids: The building blocks of protein and so much more

Here at Simpl., we believe achieving peak performance is the ultimate goal. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts are always on the lookout for ways to improve their performance, enhance recovery, and maximize their efforts. Enter essential amino acids, the unsung heroes of your pre and post-workout routine. In this post, we'll dive deep into what essential amino acids are, why they're absolute rockstars for your fitness journey, their key benefits, and why we decided to formulate our Simpl. Hydration + Aminos formula with EAAs. 

So, what are essential amino acids? In short, amino acids are the building blocks of protein. At the most basic level, you can think of amino acids like lego - each amino acid is a different block, when strung together they serve a specific purpose for the body. There are 20 different types of amino acids and 9 essential amino acids. Simpl. Hydration + Aminos is a carefully crafted formula including the 9 amino essential amino acids: Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine. What makes these amino acids essential is that your body cannot produce these naturally, and therefore are needed to be sourced through your diet. 

Why are amino acids absolute rockstars for your fitness journey? While at the most basic level amino acids are the building blocks of protein, in reality they are so much more! Key benefits of essential amino acids include: 

1. Enhanced Muscle Protein Synthesis: Essential amino acids, especially leucine, kickstart muscle protein synthesis – the process by which your body builds and repairs muscle tissue. 

2. Reduced Muscle Breakdown: During intense workouts, your body can break down muscle tissue. Essential amino acids help reduce this breakdown, preserving your hard-earned gains.

3. Improved Energy Levels: Amino acids can serve as an energy source during exercise, keeping you fueled and helping you push through tough workouts.

4. Faster Recovery: Post-workout, essential amino acids aid in repairing and recovering damaged muscle tissue, reducing soreness, and getting you back in the game faster.

5. Better Endurance: Essential amino acids improve endurance by supporting muscle repair, reducing fatigue, and providing an energy source, helping athletes sustain prolonged physical activity and delay the onset of exhaustion.

We chose to formulate Simpl. Hydration + Aminos with EAAs as recent studies suggest that EAAs are more effective at stimulating Muscle Protein Synthesis (MPS) and improving athletic recovery than just BCAAs alone or other amino acid blends. 

We also decided to formulate Simpl. Hydration + Aminos with a higher concentration of leucine. In doing so, this supplement can more effectively stimulate muscle growth and repair, making them particularly beneficial for athletes and individuals seeking to optimize muscle development, maintenance and recovery.
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