Protein and Amino Acids? Do you need one or both? This will help you decide!

Protein is perhaps the most readily available and widely used sports supplement worldwide. Whether you are an elite professional athlete or kickstarting your fitness journey, protein is an essential ingredient to reaching your health and fitness goals.

However, you mightn't realise that amino acids are linked to protein surprisingly and excitingly.  We know that protein builds muscle, but what builds protein? 

Proteins are, in fact, made from chains of amino acids. These chains can be arranged in combinations that are never-ending. Despite this, there are only 20 amino acids that can make and form proteins. Without getting too scientific, if you think you don't know what these are, think again. If you've ever heard of or even used EAA's (essential amino acids) and BCAA's (branched-chain amino acids), then guess what, my friend, you may be more familiar with amino acids than you think. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein!

There are 20 amino acids, with nine of the twenty amino acids are known as essential (EAA); this is because they cannot be made or synthesised by the body. Instead, they have to be provided by a food or drink source. Our own Amino's EAA & BCAA energy contains all nine essential amino acids as well as 11 non-essential amino acids (BCAA). This is the ultimate product to protect your muscles from unnecessary stress during your workout as well as improve and shorten recovery times post-workout. Amino's aren't just important for your workout, and they are necessary for good health too. We've added a few extra health-boosting ingredients to make our amino's the ultimate product to kickstart and reach your goals for the day not only in the gym but also in your day to day life. Added Acetyl-L-Carnitine gives a boost to concentration as well as fat synthesis.

Protein is an essential macro-nutrient needed throughout life's stages to create, maintain and renew cells. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, each playing a starring role in helping you achieve your health and fitness goals. Throughout life, our protein requirements are ever-changing. To stop muscle depletion as we age, it's important to reach our individual macro and micronutrient needs. So we already know what amino acids are and how they work in the body by protecting the muscle from unnecessary stress; how is a protein different?

Protein and exercise go hand in hand, and it should come as no surprise that protein can help enhance your workouts. You've heard it time and time again that protein is key I you want to see results. Protein is essential for the turnover and repair of muscle cells, creation and synthesis action of hormones and enzymes throughout the body. Protein is required by our bodies from infancy right through to senior ages to stop muscle depletion. Typical protein requirements for men are around 100g per day and 75g per day for women.

Here at Athletic sport, we want to nourish the athlete within all of us, and this is why our specially formulated whey protein powder contains the highest protein content on the market, which means that you can easily reach your individual protein needs. We've also jazzed it up by adding collagen peptides that are easily absorbed and get straight to work in supporting muscle growth and maintenance. Collagen stores within the body decline naturally as we age. Despite this, collagen is a major component of connective tissues in body parts such as muscles, tendons, skin and ligaments. This collagen works by strengthening your bones as well as providing skin with structure, which is important for healthy aging.

Similar to how pre-workout gets in you in the zone both physically and mentally to workout at your best, protein plays are starring role in your recovery post-workout. This protein gets to work repairing damage to muscle fibres, formulating new growth and restoring energy levels. No matter if you want to bulk up and see those gains or just maintain your current physique, protein is key to maintaining your current muscle mass even as you age.

So, what's the best time to consume protein and amino acids?  To get the best results, timing is everything. Amino's are best consumed around 15 minutes prior to working out and then during your workout. Protein works best when consumed within 30 minutes of completing a workout.