EAAs & The Growth Trigger

Amino Acids can Trigger Growth and Recuperation!

EAAs & The Growth Trigger
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10 grams of EAAs & 20 grams of carbs (1 cup apple juice) - perfect post workout drink......

Carbs plus aminos, postworkout, induce muscle growth. “No shit,” you're thinking… “I knew that.” Everybody who trains hard knows the deal, but how many truly practice what they preach? Beyond that, few optimize this vital window by using the right aminos best suited to ignite anabolism: essential amino acids (EAAs). The latest supplement research shows that the synergistic effects of supplementing with carbs and essential amino acids aid in maximizing the anabolic response to weight training. Clinical studies performed in recent years have already shown that essential amino acids can exert significant anabolic effects via increased protein synthesis and net nitrogen balance. Yup. These EAAs are able to quickly form a bolus, bypassing the liver where they directly enter into systemic circulation. In so doing, free form EAAs can quickly exert their anabolic effects. This is important shit!

A new published study (2006) further looked at the effect that essential amino acids and/or carbohydrate ingestion plays on hormonal and muscular adaptations following resistance training. A placebo group was also used in the study as a control. Blood samples were taken at 4 week intervals starting at week 0 up until week 12. The findings were proof positive of the benefits of ingesting an EAA/carbohydrate blend like Animal Nitro G postworkout.

Stress is a killer… It causes increased muscle protein breakdown that results in loss of muscle mass and potentially in muscle atrophy-shit you need to avoid at all costs. The most common stress indicator is increased blood or urinary cortisol levels. This recent study found that all groups showed a decrease in pre-exercise cortisol. However, post exercise cortisol levels increased during each training phase for the control group, no change was shown by the straight EAA, while carbohydrate and carbohydrate plus EAA showed post-exercise decreases in cortisol. This demonstrates that carbohydrates can play an important role in lowering post-workout cortisol levels. However, upon further examination, it is clear that the ideal scenario does not provide for the ingestion of carbohydrates alone… But you already knew that.

Another important finding of this study is that EAA and carb ingestion minimized 3-methyl histidine excretion 48 hours after exercising. Now what does this mean? 3-methyl histidine is an important indicator of protein catabolism in muscle. Increases in urinary 3-methyl histidine levels indicate muscle tissue catabolism. Since muscle contains the largest level of 3-methyl histidine in the body, urinary levels relate directly to muscle breakdown… The more of it in your piss, the more catabolic you are.

The EAA and carbohydrate blend showed a 26% decrease in 3-methyl histidine while the placebo showed an increase in 52%. Once again this shows that EAAs and carbs, like those found in Animal Nitro, working together have a positive anabolic effect by blunting protein breakdown. This new study shows the synergistic effect of EAAs and carb ingestion maximizes anabolic response of resistance training by limiting the post-exercise rise in prothe tein degradation and inhibiting post-training cortisol release. Bottom line: EAAs with carbs can help you limit cortisol release and minimize catabolism allowing you to recover and add muscle more quickly.

This study reiterates what you fellas already knew--the advantages of taking in amino acids and carbohydrates postworkout, while effective individually, are weak when compared to the amplified benefits of ingesting them together. The key here is, of course, using the right aminos--in this case, the essential amino acids. Animal Nitro supplies you with the perfect dose of these essential amino acids along with 35g of dextrose to blast you into the growth zone. EAAs, when combined with a carbohydrate drink immediately post training--can dramatically improve anabolic response to, and recovery from resistance training. Animal Nitro comes conveniently dosed in individual “packs” and is available in a delicious grape flavor that tastes almost exactly like real grape juice. Now you know the deal, get some Nitro G… And get big.


Bird SP, et al. Independent and combined effects of liquid carbohydrate/essential amino acid ingestion on hormonal and muscular adaptations following resistance training in untrained men. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2006 Feb 3: 1-14.

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