We will have to bypass too much of medical and biochemical talks and get to the main point we need- the direct answer to our question
“A protein is a chain of amino acids connected together. You can think of this like a beaded necklace. The beads (amino acids) are connected together by a string (bond), which forms a long chain (protein). Therefore, a protein is “intact” or “whole.””
Protein like Fat and Carbohydrate are our macros, the 3 basic requirements in our diet besides vitamins and mineral and water of course. But it may amaze you that our muscles and cells do not know what they are, the body doesn’t recognize Protein as protein. In fact, biochemically speaking, protein is useless to our muscles until they are metabolized (broken down) to “amino acids”
If that is right, why then do we need protein and not take amino acids straight away?
- Protein is compact (a lot of amino acids at once)
- Amino acid supplements do not satisfy daily protein demands and, in large doses, may cause a metabolic imbalance. For example, taking too much leucine, one of the three branched-chain amino acids, may lead to low blood levels of the other two, according to a May 2014 review in the “Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.”
- It is true that the body understands amino acids but it is metabolized from protein intake, the human body was designed to eat whole proteins not free amino acids. Regular amino acid formulas are digested and processed quickly in the body. If your body is not ready for them, then the amino acids may be flushed out and not fully used. Your blood amino acid levels could vary. As a result, your body may not be getting all the nutrition that you need throughout the whole day.
- Whole proteins, including GMP, are absorbed more slowly and therefore valuable nutrients are available to be used by your body over a longer period of time.
Amino Acid Benefits
There are basically 20 amino acids at work in and for the body. Each amino acids, whether essential, semi essential or non-essential, individually can have separate functions but generally they combine to form the big boy called “protein”
In addition to making proteins, some amino acids fill specific roles that directly affect your health outside of protein metabolism. One example is tryptophan, which turns into the mood-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin. Taking supplements may enhance the physiological function filled by these amino acids. Branched-chain amino acids may help promote muscle protein synthesis, according to the May 2014 review in the “Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.”
The amino acids in formula are different from amino acids in food because they are already broken down. Because they are already separated from each other, they are absorbed quickly and all at once but giving the body a small amount of time to use them.
A good protein formula contains all required amino acids and in their right proportions but some athletes prefer to still take amino acid pills alongside most probably for the speed, to supply their muscles with instant amino acids while the broken are being broken down into use.
Amino acid supplements contain minimal calories, but one scoop of protein powder has about 120 calories, and some brands may have significantly more. Be sure these extra calories don’t exceed your daily goals.
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