Amino Acids and BCAAs
Questions and Answers about Amino Acids and BCAAs:
What are amino acids?
Amino acids are molecules that form proteins by linking together in long chains. To illustrate, think of it as a jigsaw puzzle. Protein is the puzzle and amino acids are the pieces that make it. Some amino acids are created by the body (non-essential amino acids), but others (Essential amino acids, or EFAs) have to be obtained through food or supplements.
Essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids - what are they?
There are approximately 20 amino acids required for proper body functioning, and you body can produce 8-10 amino acids. These are called non-essential amino acids and include, but not limited to, alanine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamine, glycine, proline, and serine.
The remaining amino acids must be obtained through your diet as your body cannot produce them. They are called essential amino acids and include lysine, leucine, isoleucine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.