Whether you’re an athlete,  cross-fitter, bodybuilder or just a fitness enthusiast working out to build muscle and perform at your absolute best is the name of the game. Post workout is when your body shifts it into ‘breakdown’ and ‘repair’ mode. After muscle fibres have been broken down, building up of new ones requires the right nutrition after exercising. Your body needs an adequate amount of protein building blocks called amino acids to achieve this.

There are 20 different amino acids total. Nine of them are considered ‘essential’, which means our bodies can’t produce enough of them on its own and we have to get them via food and/or supplements.

These essential amino acids (EAAs) are:

  • Leucine (BCAA)
  • Isoleucine (BCAA)
  • Valine (BCAA)
  • Histidine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan

Of those nine EAAs, three are known as the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and play unique roles in muscle protein synthesis (the process of repairing and building muscle). The three BCAAs are isoleucine, leucine, and valine.

In addition to supporting the muscle-building process, two of these amino acids (isoleucine and valine) can also be used as energy sources during endurance exercise, when muscle glycogen (one of our bodies’ main sources of fuel) gets used up.

In a sense, you can look at BCAAs as the “ON” switch that activates muscle protein synthesis engine and the other six essential amino acids keep the engine running.  BCAAS are the “ignition switch” while EAAs are the actual fuel that “keeps the motor running”. To put it even simpler, BCAAs without EAAs present will not drive muscle growth.

NPL’s Amino Armour is the perfect all-in-one amino acid powerhouse. It provides essential amino acids (EAAs) including the BCAAs Leucine, isoleucine and valine as well as Tyrosine and Taurine to maximise your body’s anabolic response.