Benefits of amino acids
Athletes understand the value and importance of protein in the diet. It provides the foundation that our body needs to grow and repair the damage induced by high-intensity exercise. But that's not all, protein is also needed to boost the function of the immune system and to support the production of neurotransmitters and muscle-building hormones, such as testosterone.
The "building blocks" provided by dietary proteins are a means of amino acids, which function as lego blocks. The body assembles individual amino acids into complete proteins, used to repair damaged tissues, such as muscle fibers.
For more than a decade, BCAA supplements have held a special place in the heart, stomach and cocktail shakers of gym-goers. Drowned by reflections of increased muscle protein synthesis, reduced muscle breakdown and faster recovery, BCAAs were used by everyone, from high-level competitors to the physical to weekend warriors looking for an anabolic advantage.
But there is a bit of a "problem" with BCAA supplements.
Although they are able to stimulate protein synthesis, they are an incomplete option and cannot sustain complete protein synthesis. You see that in order to successfully build muscle protein, the body needs NINE essential amino acids (EAAs). BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine and valine) provide only three of the nine EAAs that the body needs to build muscle, which creates a problem.
In the absence of sufficient plasma levels of the other amino acids, your body breaks down proteins in the body to obtain the other amino acids necessary to complete protein synthesis. This creates the basis for the possibility of a negative synthetic protein balance in the body, which means that you are not building any more muscles.
The solution ... exchange your BCAA supplement for an EAA supplement.
EAAs Builds Muscles
Simply put, the three BCAAs do not provide all the mandatory components necessary for building muscle tissue. It's that simple, and there's research to back it up! When comparing EAAs face to face they stimulate a significantly stronger anabolic response than BCAA supplements.  While BCAAs were able to stimulate “a 22% greater response to myofibrillar MPS after resistance exercise compared to a placebo…
"The magnitude of this increased myofibrillary-MPS response was about 50% less than the myofibrillary-MPS response previously reported at a dose of whey protein containing similar amounts of BCAA." 
Other studies have found the same thing: "In summary, oral BCAA supplementation after resistance exercise stimulates mTORC1 signaling more potently than leucine intake alone, but not as effectively as EAA." [two]
In other words, BCAA supplements are a "decent" option to support muscle growth and recovery, but if you want to maximize your muscle building potential, you should use an amino acid supplement that provides ALL NINE essential amino acids. EAA formulas not only support protein synthesis to a more complete extent than BCAAs, but also enhance immune function and collagen formation. The reason for this is that the EAA formulas provide lysine to the body, which supports the biosynthesis of antibodies and the function of the immune system and is necessary for the production of collagen.
In addition, EAA supplements also support a healthy mood and better sleep, as they provide the body with tryptophan, the amino acid used by the body to create the neurotransmitter "feel good" serotonin. It turns out that the body can subsequently use serotonin to produce melatonin, which is the hormone that governs our circadian rhythm and ultimately our ability to sleep. So, when it comes to buying your amino acid supplement, you should ask yourself: are you okay with "decent" or do you want the best?
EAA + Hydration - your amino acid solution!
EAA + Hydration is a full-spectrum amino acid supplement that contains 8 grams of essential amino acids, including 6 grams of 2: 1: 1 BCAAs, to support protein synthesis, muscle recovery and growth.
We also include a comprehensive hydration complex in EAA + Hydration, which includes 1 gram of taurine plus coconut water and Calci-K to encourage cellular hydration, proper muscle function and electrolyte balance.
Author: Robert Schinetsky
- Robert Schinetsky, Benefits of Essential Amino Acids (original article)
- Jackman SR, Witard OC, Philp A, Wallis GA, Baar K, Tipton KD. Branched-Chain Amino Acid Ingestion Stimulates Muscle Myofibrillar Protein Synthesis following Resistance Exercise in Humans. Frontiers in Physiology. 2017;8:390;
- Moberg M, Apró W, Ekblom B, Hall G Van, Holmberg H, Blomstrand E; “Activation of mTORC1 by leucine is potentiated by branched-chain amino acids and even more so by essential amino acids following resistance exercise”; Am J Physiol Cell Physiol; 2018:874-884;