What exactly are amino acids or BCAA’s (branched chain amino acids)?
They are vital nutrients that:
- build cells
- support muscles
- decrease fat synthesis
- improve redox status
- promote energy production
In other words, they help you with your RECOVERY and PREVENT MUSCLE WASTING by helping you keep your lean muscle mass. But, our body only naturally produces 11 of the 20 amino acids it needs. This is where supplementation can help.
You can greatly enhance your recovery by using an amino acid drink that includes all nine of the aminos your body doesn’t make. We recommend consuming them prior to training and then having your protein shake right after. But, aminos can be taken any time of day, even if you aren’t training.
Thorne’s Amino Complex, which is high in branched-chain amino acids, has been validated through extensive clinical trials for promoting lean muscle mass and muscle strength. It comes in two refreshing flavors, berry or lemon.
Some of you may be thinking, “I don’t want to GAIN any more muscle, so this isn’t for me.” This is an incorrect train of thought. One of the reasons we workout is to promote lean muscle mass and reduce excess fat. If you do not replenish your muscles properly, you can suffer from muscle wasting or loss of muscle mass- a scenario that is not good for anyone.
Thorne Amino Complex is available at CrossFit Winter Park for $40 for 30 servings