The human body consists for no less than 20 percent of proteins or proteins and play a very important role in many biological processes. Amino acids in turn are the building blocks of the proteins. A protein can consist of hundreds of amino acids, which can be arranged in many different patterns. Amino acids exist in two forms: the D-shape and the L-shape. Usually only the L-form can be found in supplements. Each amino acid has its own specific effects and as a result they are often used for specific indications.
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Dietary supplements with amino acids can affect many different systems in the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, peptides and polypeptides. Humans need amino acids for physiological processes in the body. The amino acids that are not produced by the body itself enter the body through food. These amino acids are also called essential amino acids.
Effect amino acids
A large part of our body, especially the muscles and other tissues consist of amino acids. They are responsible for many biological processes. The cells thank their structure to amino acids, but you are important for the absorption and storage of nutrients. The regeneration process of the body and connective tissue is also influenced by amino acids.
Essential, semi-essential and non-essential amino acids
Amino acids are referred to as essential, semi-essential and non-essential. This does not mean that one group is more important for the body than the other. All amino acids should be present in the body in sufficient quantities, either through diet (essential) or through the body's own synthesis (non-essential). Factors such as age, stress, strain, diet, and health affect the amount of amino acids available and needed and/or synthesized. The eight essential amino acids are: Isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Arginine and histidine are semi-essential and essential, respectively, under certain circumstances. The 10 non-essential amino acids are alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamine, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine. The last two amino acids were only discovered in 2015: selenocysteine and pyrrolysine.
Single supplement or combination
Depending on your goals, you can use individual amino acids for specific purposes or opt for powerful combinations. Each amino acid has its own specific effect, which is why they are often used for certain indications. For example, L-tyrosine is an important dopamine precursor and L-carnosine has a positive effect on muscles. Sometimes amino acids are also offered in combination, for example BCAAs, a supplement often chosen by athletes. Doctor's Best brand offers great amino acid supplements, for example L-arginine, L-theanine, L-carnosine, L-tyrosine and L-carnitine fumarate.
D- and L-forms
Amino acids come in two enantiomers, or molecules in mirror image, in an L- (laevo = left) and in a D- structure (dextro = right). Both forms have different effects in the body. Most dietary supplements come in the L-form because it occurs naturally in the body. However, sometimes the D-form is preferred precisely because of its properties, for example in D-serine from Ergomax and D-phenylalanine from Doctor's Best. The body can synthesize some amino acids itself, the non-essential amino acids. The essential amino acids can only be obtained from food or supplementation.
Acetylcysteine, or N-Acetyl-Cysteine
Ergomax sells only high-quality amino acids such as acetyl-L-carnitine, which is found in the body primarily in muscle and heart muscle, and N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), a building block for the antioxidant glutathione. Another interesting option from our own product line is, for example, collagen hydrolysate from wild cod. It contains a complete amino acid complex that is absorbed very quickly by the body. Or take a look at the unique supplement Elk Velvet Antler from Rein Styrke, a product with many good amino acids.