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    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: 1 Scoop (10.50 grams)
    Servings Per Container: 30
    Amount Per Serving
    %DV*
    Vitamin A 2,500 IU 50%
    Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 250 mg 416%
    Vitamin E 100 IU 333%
    Biotin 100 mcg 33%
    AMINO ACID MATRIX
    BCAA (2:1:1) INSTANTIZED L-Leucine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine SILK AMINO ACIDS (SAA) L-Alanine, L-Glycine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Threonine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Glutamic Acid, L-Cystine, L-Tyrosine, L-Methionine, L-Lysine ANTIOXIDANT + ANTI CRAMPING Taurine, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E, Vitamin A
    7.6 g **
    **Daily Value not Established
    * Percent Based on a 2,000 Calorie Diet
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    Recently there are many companies that are introducing leucine heavy branch chain amino acid products. Companies are using different ratios, such as 4:1:1 or even 8:1:1 (leucine, isoleucine and valine). Is there actual science behind their mythology or are these just based on the assumption that more leucine is better? We will prove why more is not better. Finaflex, once again, has designed a complete AMINO ACID product that is backed by science and research that is proven to maximize the benefits of a complete AMINO ACID product. This new AMINO ACID product is comprised of a precise ratio of BCAA and real free form SAA (silk amino acids). The unique combination of BCAA and SAA creates an optimal environment in the body that will increase performance in the gym, on the field and even every day activities. The benefits of BCAA plus SAA are as follows:

    -promote protein synthesis
    -improve physical stamina
    -increase lean muscle mass
    -prevent muscle break down
    -increase glycogen production in the muscle
    -increase muscle repair
    and
    -reduce cortisol levels


    Here is the real truth behind BCAAs….

    What are BCAAs?

    Branched chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine, and valine, are a part of the 9 essential amino acids. They are called essential amino acids because they cannot be synthesized by the human body and must be supplemented by food that contain EAAs (essential amino acids) or by dietary supplements. BCAA plays a crucial role in bodybuilding because they make up about a third of the skeletal muscle tissue in the human body [2]. Without going into an in depth scientific discussion about how BCAA’s work, here are the main benefits of why BCAA are important. They promote protein synthesis and prevent muscle breakdown, therefore leading to muscle repair and growth. It’s really simple as that.


    Why 2:1:1 ratio (leucine, isolecuine and valine) over other ratios, such as 4:1:1 or 8:1:1?

    There are multiple studies that prove that intake of leucine will deplete the other two bcaas (valine and isoleucine). Well, why is this bad? This is bad for multiple reasons. One is that isoleucine and valine have their own significant benefits to the human body. More importantly, in order to increase protein synthesis and prevent muscle breakdown you need isoleucine and valine along with leucine. Leucine, by itself, will not achieve these goals. Numerous studies illustrate that leucine alone does not promote protein synthesis or prevent protein breakdown. A study conducted by a university in Finland in 2003, “reported that leucine ingestion taken before and after anaerobic running to exhaustion (200mg/kg of body weight) and during a strength training session (100mg/kg of body weight) did not improve performance. “ Another study showed a leucine-induced BCAA antagonism was first observed in animals in 1954, when addition of 3% of L-leucine to a low-protein (9% casein) diet was found to cause marked growth depression in rats that could be partially overcome by a supplement of isoleucine (91). Subsequently, Benton et al (14) observed that the growth depression caused by addition of 3% leucine to the diet was largely overcome when supplements of both isoleucine and valine were provided. These observations indicated that excess leucine increased the requirement for isoleucine and valine in the rat.


    To prove why 2:1:1 ratio is better than other ratios of BCAA there are three main factors.

    1. In order to achieve protein synthesis and prevent protein breakdown, the human body needs all three BCAA’s. Recent clinical research shows that “chronic free leucine supplementation alone did not improve lean body or muscle mass during resistance training or in elderly, whereas it was able to limit weight loss induced by malnutrition. Leucine-rich amino acid mixture or proteins appeared more efficient than leucine alone to improve muscle mass and performance, suggesting that the efficacy of leucine depends nevertheless on the presence of other amino acids.[4]”

    2. There are tons of studies done on BCAA’s but majority of them are done on the ratio of 2:1:1. In fact, “the 2:1:1 ratio appears often in animal protein” [5].

    3. More is not better. Why? The rate of depletion of valine and isoleucine is dependant on the amount of leucine introduced to the body. Due to the depletion of the other two BCAA’s (valine and isoleucine) when leucine is introduced into the body, more leucine would increase the rate of depletion. Which means that the actual benefits of the BCAAs will be neglected?


    Another important component of this new AMINO ACID product is REAL free form amino acids from silk worms.

    Silk amino acids are the precise ratio of amino acids found in the cocoon of the silk worm. The naturally occurring peptide form of silk amino acids are arranged in a very unique sequence to form the bioactive peptide called sericin. In vitro studies illustrate many benefits of sericin such as having mitogenic properties.


    The free form amino acids found in the silk amino acids are mainly comprised of alanine, glycine, serine, valine, and threonine, which make up more than 90% of the amino acid profile found in silk worms. However, other free form amino acids found in the silk worms play a crucial role in the make up of the amino acid profile found in the cocoon of the silk worm. Recent in vivo study of free form silk amino acids using mice conducted by Chungbuk National University resulted in some amazing findings. To sum up the study, they used a forced swimming test in mice with one control group and 3 other groups taking the SAA in three different doses. The group taking the SAA increased maximum swimming time significantly compared to the control group, which is an indication of enhanced basic physical strength. Various tests were done which illustrates that the groups taking the SAA increased their muscle glycogen levels, increased the mass of muscles, and increased anti-oxidant activity (muscle preserving). In addition to these findings, it was also noted that the groups taking the “SAA not only near-fully reversed the increase in exercised induced corticosterone, but also recovered testosterone to a level higher than that of the normal control” [1].


    REFERENCES
    1. Shin S, Yeon S, Park D, Oh J, Kang H, Kim S, Joo SS, Lim WT, Lee JY, Choi KC, Kim KY, Kim SU, Kim JC, Kim YB. Biol Pharm Bull. 2010;33(2):273-8.
    2. Mero A: Leucine supplementation and intensive training. Sports Med 1999, 27(6):347-358. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2007, 4:8

    3.Pitkanen HT, Oja SS, Rusko H, Nummela A, Komi PV, Saransaari P, Takala T, Mero AA: Leucine supplementation does not enhance acute strength or running performance but affects serum amino acid concentration. Amino Acids 2003, 25(1):85-94
    4. Balage M, Dardevet D.Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. Long-term effects of leucine supplementation on body composition. 2010 May;13(3):265-70.
    5. Shimomura Y, Murakami T, Nakai N, Nagasaki M, Harris RA: Exercise promotes BCAA catabolism: effects of BCAA supplementationon skeletal muscle during exercise. J Nutr 2004, 134(6 Suppl):1583S-1587S.

    6. Bill Campbell, Richard B Kreider, Tim Ziegenfuss, Paul La Bounty,Mike Roberts, Darren Burke, Jamie Landis, Hector Lopez and Jose Antonio. International Society of Sports Nutrition position stand: protein and exercise. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2007

    7. Szmelcman S, Guggenheim K. Interference between leucine, isoleucine and valine during intestinal absorption. Biochem J. 1966 Jul;100(1):7-11.
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    Interesting I did not know that Leucine depleted the other aminos...
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    long been a fan of EAA over just straight BCAA.
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    I've never bought these special amino acid products, I've always went with whey protein.. Maybe this will change it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by g0hardorgohom View Post
    I've never bought these special amino acid products, I've always went with whey protein.. Maybe this will change it!
    Good for in and around your workouts...
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    Very interesting write up. I have seen a lot about the SAA's recently. GoHard, aminos are great around your workout for the fact that they can immediately be used as part of the ATP energy chain. No complex conversion or digestion needed just need to be absorbed through the intestinal wall and put to use immediately this also lowers the cortisol response of the workout. Certainly whey is sufficient post workout but pre and intra workout I like my aminos.
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