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Essential Amino Acids 101

Essential Amino Acids 101 - GAT SPORT

Essential Amino Acids 101Amino acids are often referred to as the body’s protein building blocks. Amino acids are compounds naturally composed of nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.

The human body uses amino acids to make proteins to help break down food, grow, repair body tissue, build muscle, and facilitate many other important body functions. Your body needs about 20 different amino acids to function properly. Of the 20 amino acids important for your health, only nine are considered “essential”.

Those are known as EAAs  — short for Essential Amino Acids. But strangely enough, the nine EAAs our bodies need to function properly aren’t produced in the body. You have to get them from food, vitamins, or supplements. 

The other 11 are called nonessential amino acids, and are actually made by the body. You need an ideal mix of both nonessential and essential amino acids in order for your body to properly build protein and to help keep you performing at your best and healthiest. 


EAAs serve many purposes

They help you build lean muscle mass, burn fat, prevent muscle breakdown, increase endurance, improve recovery quality, and have less muscle soreness. EAAs also improve hormone and neurotransmitter functionalities. They build vital body proteins used to create tissue, organs, and muscle. They also play a vital role in optimizing liver function and neurotransmitters in the brain.

The Nine Essential Amino Acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Each Essential Amino Acid helps the body in a specific way:


  1. Phenylalanine

A precursor for the neurotransmitter’s tyrosine, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. It helps proteins, enzymes, and the production of other amino acids. 

  1. Valine
                One of the three branched-chain amino acids. It helps stimulate muscle growth, regeneration, and energy production. 
  1. Threonine

Part of structural proteins like collagen and elastin, which are important components of the skin and connective tissue. It helps in fat metabolism and immune function.  

  1. Tryptophan

Often associated with causing drowsiness, it’s needed to maintain proper nitrogen balance and to help regulate your appetite, sleep, and mood. 

  1. Methionine

It plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. It helps your metabolism, detoxification, tissue growth, and helps absorb since and selenium. 

  1. Leucine

The branched-chain amino acid vital for protein synthesis and muscle repair. It helps regulate blood sugar levels, wound healing, and produces growth hormones. 

  1. Isoleucine

This branched-chain amino acid is important for muscle metabolism and tissue, proper immune function, hemoglobin production, and energy regulation. 

  1. Lysine

It plays a major role in protein synthesis, hormone, enzyme, and energy production, immune function, and the production of collagen and elastin. 

  1. Histidine

This produces histamine, which is vital to immune response, digestion, sexual function, and sleep-wake cycles. It maintains a protective barrier that surrounds your nerve cells. 

EAAs help the body function properly, helping mood and sleep, boosting exercise and athletic performance, preventing muscle loss, promoting weight loss, helping protein synthesis, promoting tissue repair, and promoting nutrient absorption.  

Get your EAAs!

You can find them in foods, vitamins, and even supplements. Foods are called complete proteins when they contain all 9 essential amino acids. Complete protein sources include meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, soy, quinoa, and buckwheat. 

GAT Sport FLEXX EAAs +Hydration — Advanced Essential Amino Acids

For complete muscle protein synthesis, GAT Sport FLEXX EAAs are designed to delivers the complete complement of 9 EAAs. The result: muscle preservation, energy, enhanced endurance, and recovery. This total amino acid profile features 7g of EAAs, with 5g in the clinically preferred 2:1:1 ratio.

For the hard-training athlete, FLEXX EAAs is the complete muscle and recovery solution. For stress mitigation and improved vitality, FLEXX EAAs includes 125mg of the adaptogenic herb Sensoril® Ashwagandha. FLEXX has amazing flavors providing hydration support that’s truly delicious, anytime: Pre, Intra, and Post-Workout.

Flexx EAAs has zero sugars and an added electrolyte complex for hydration:

  • Accelerated Muscle Protein Synthesis
  • Adaptogen Driven Vitality Support
  • Enhanced Recovery & Hydration
  • Cortisol Regulation

Using FLEXX EAAs is really simple

Just mix 1 scoop of FLEXX EAAs in 8 to 10oz. of cold water. FLEXX EAAs can be consumed prior to training, during training, and after training for maximum efficacy. It can also be used on non-training days.

EAAs are vital to your health, order your GAT Sport FLEXX EAAs today! 

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