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Amino Acids, BCAAs & Proteins

It’s time for a little science lesson which we hope will help you navigate the often-confusing world of nutritional supplements. We’re talking about proteins, amino acids and BCAAs — terms you often hear, but what do they actually mean?

Proteins can be found in many products and can come from an animal or vegetable source — think meat, chicken, fish, cottage cheese, milk and cheese, as well as nuts, soy and peas. An average person needs about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. This can vary depending on your activity level; an athlete can use about 1.5 to 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you can’t get enough protein from your normal diet, you can incorporate one of our protein shakes into your routine.

A protein is made up of amino acids. There are 22 that can be divided into essential, non-essential and semi-essential. The body can’t make essential amino acids itself, so you need to supplement them via protein-rich food, protein shakes or by taking individual amino acids. Normally the body can produce the semi-essential amino acids itself, but certain conditions and diseases can impede this process. Our Amino Super tabs are ideal for getting your essential amino acids.

BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids and these are the three essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. Just like the other essential amino acids, the body cannot make BCAAs itself, so it’s sensible to get yours through your diet or by taking a supplement. The many products in our BCAA range can be a bit overwhelming, so we highlighted our top two for you: IBCAA and Amino & Energy.

BCAAs can be taken in both powder and capsule form. By taking them as a capsule you can easily carry them when you’re on the go. The powders are soluble in water and vegan-friendly.

Amino & Energy contains BCAAs, glutamine, coconut water, ginseng, theacrine and 160 mg of caffeine, making it ideal to take for an energy boost before or during your workout.