Essential or non-essential amino acidsBriefly, there are three amino acids covered in this article but they fall into two types of acids - they are either essential or non-essential. An essential amino acid is called so since our bodies don’t produce this so we must eat food that contain it. Non-essential are aminos that our body does produce as normal (I have also referenced a semi-essential amino, we produce these but it helps if we have more through our foods). Certain amino acids do certain things - and lead to certain results. For example, one important hormone that helps us to systematically burn fat is somatotropin which is produced when we sleep (we always advocate a good eight hours per night!). Studies have shown that overweight people have less somatotropin concentrations and this can stop any attempt at weight loss, however significant. The downside to this is, to help, somatotropin would have to be medically administered and it can be really expensive. The upside is that we can stimulate this hormone if we consume certain amino acids - again, because somatotropin is mostly secreted overnight you should try to use these amino acids in the evening, and preferably on an empty stomach. [caption id="attachment_3201" align="alignnone" width="650"] Supplementing with amino acids can help your body physique goals[/caption]
Amino acids for ‘fat burning’Arginine, glutamine and methionine have been shown to encourage the overnight release of somatotropin so it can help if these are added to your diet.
MethionineMethionine is classed as an essential amino acid (cannot be produced in the human body) - as with other EAA this means that you must eat to get your supply of this. Methionine has a fat-dissolving effect and helps spot reduce fat in the liver by blocking fat being deposited here. It helps in the process of creating other proteins (carnitine, also showing fat burning studies, and melatonine, again this helps promote a good sleep cycle). Methionine is one of the least important of the three which is why you are freely able to buy glutamine and arginine as supplements (though you will most likely get methionine as an addition to any BCAA).
What’s your options for amino acids?Eggs are great and contain the building blocks of life (quite literally) and can be whipped up and eaten any time of the day. If you fancy a change, beef, fish and cheese all contain a wide variety of amino acids. If you’re in a hurry then there is always the option to supplement these in the same way you might with a vitamin pill. Either way, a wide varied diet of animal proteins and real foods will help you get what you need as a good base.