Monday, September 28, 2015


Amino acids are important for many structures and functions; however, this article will focus on one specific function of importance: the direct incorporation of amino acids into muscle tissue for building muscle mass and strength.
Scientists describe three types of amino acids:
- Non-essential amino acids, which our bodies can make from food sources as long as we obtain adequate nutrients in our diet.
- Essential amino acids, which must come from protein in the diet. Our bodies cannot make this type.
- Conditionally essential amino acids, which are most needed during physical exertion stress, injury, and recovery from a disease or operation. Under these conditions,