Proteins and Amino Acids

Proteins and Amino Acids

May 17, 2021


Arguably the most important nutrient for a bodybuilder, protein builds and repairs muscles. Consuming 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight is strongly recommended for maximum muscle growth.

Recommended Protein Sources:

  • Lean Red Meat

  • Chicken

  • Turkey

  • Fish

  • Whole Eggs

  • Milk

  • Cottage Cheese

  • Nuts

Amino Acids

  • Leucine: an essential amino acid mainly responsible for the regulation of blood sugar levels and the growth and repair of tissues in skeletal muscle, bones and skin.

  • Isoleucine: promotes muscle tissue repair and, recovery, while also assisting in wound healing.

  • Valine: helps the process of muscle growth, repair and recovery.

  • Glutamine: a non-essential amino acid responsible for preserving muscle mass.

  • Arginine: has the capability to preserve nitrogen, which is crucial in protein synthesis.

  • Carnitine: increases energy while decreasing body fat.

  • Histidine: required by the body for both growth and repair of muscle tissue.

  • Lysine: used by the body for calcium absorption, which is compulsory for growth in muscles and bones.

  • Phenylalanine: has the ability to elevate mood by stimulating the nerve system.

  • Methionine: capable of breaking down and using fats.

  • Threonine: involved in liver functions, lipotropic functions and maintenance of the immune system.

  • Cysteine: capable of strengthening the lining of the stomach and intestines.

  • HMB: prevents muscle loss and limits fat storage.

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