The essential amino acids are those that your body cannot make on its own, so it’s vital that you get them from food and supplements. Although it takes about 20 aminos to produce the majority of the proteins — such as muscle tissue — in your body, generally, the EAAs are comprised of eight aminos: lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, leucine, isoleucine and valine. The rest of the aminos are considered nonessential, because your body can make them itself.
Some studies have found that taking EAAs prior to workouts increases protein synthesis afterward better than taking them when the workout is over.
Vitargo Vitargo is a complex carb, but unlike most complex carbs, this bad boy is rapidly digesting . . . about twice as fast as sugar, as research confirms. Due to its complex branching structure, this carb is about the fastest thing you can put into your body. This keeps insulin levels high during workouts, for maximizing muscle growth.
Take It Like This: To pack on mass, choose EAAs to sip on during your workout. Mix 10-20 grams of EAAs and 35 g of Vitargo in about 2 cups of water. Sip on this during your workout, being sure to consume it all by the last set.
— Tabatha Elliott, PhD