Amino Acids

What are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are often referred to as ‘building blocks’ and with good reason. Amino acids make up to 75% of the human body and are used in every cell in the body to build proteins. Once protein is digested it is broken down into amino acids and these amino acids are then put to their specific uses by the body. This in turn creates new proteins and these make up the various matter found within the body: skin, eyes, heart, hair, bones and muscle. Types of Amino Acids. Amino acids can be categorised into three main types:

Amino Acid

Essential Amino Acids

Essential Amino Acids (EAA) are classified as ‘essential’ because the body cannot produce or synthesise them without consuming them through dietary means or through supplements. In total there are 9 EAA’s each one offering its own benefits to the body.

Frog Fuel contains all 9 Essential Amino Acids such as:

  • Phenylalanine - Produces transmitting signals between the nerve cells and the brain. This in turn helps improve memory and maintain mental alertness. Phenylalanine also reduces hunger pangs and acts as an antidepressant
  • Tryptophan - A natural relaxant which aids with the pain of migraine headaches, reduces the risk of artery and heart spasms and assists in reducing cholesterol levels.
  • Histidine -  has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, allergic diseases, ulcers and anaemia. Deficiency of Histidine can result in a hearing deficit.
  • Methionine -  Lowers cholesterol, prevents disorders of hair, skin, and nails. Reduces liver fat, protects kidneys, and promotes hair growth.
  • Threonine - Aids in digestive system function and prevents build-up of toxins in the liver.
  • Leucine -  Assists in essential biochemical processes in the body used for energy and Increases mental alertness.
  • Lysine - Improves calcium absorption and helps form collagen. Lysine also aids in the production of enzymes, hormones and antibodies.
  • Valine - Enhances mental energy and can be used as an emotional stabilizer. Greatly improves muscle coordination.
  • Isoleucine - Important for nitrogen equilibrium in adults. Aids in the rebuilding of muscle tissue and the release of energy during muscular work.

Non-essential Amino Acids (NEAA)

Non-Essential Amino Acids (NEAA) are classified as such because the body has the ability to synthesises them without the need to ingest them, however, when the body is in a stressed state, the bodies ability to synthesise adequate amounts is questionable and therefore it is a good idea to try to consume them when partaking in any rigorous training programme.

Non-Essential Amino Acids (NEAA) in Frog Fuel:

  • Hydroxyproline -  Is a powerful non-essential amino acid made from proline to make collagen and elastin. Found in high concentrations in all connective tissues Hydroxyproline strengthens tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It also increases skin elasticity and helps repair fibrous tissue damage.
  • Alanine  Considered important for the production of glucose in gluconeogenesis.
  • Aspartic Acid - Aids in detoxification of ammonia, assists in mineral uptake and helps protect liver function.
  • Asparagine  - Aids in metabolism of toxic ammonia in the body.
  • Glutamic Acid -  Is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and the monosodium salt is often used in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy.
  • Serine - Assists in fat and fatty acid metabolism, muscle formation, and maintaining a healthy immune system as well as helping build and maintain all musculature, including the heart.

Conditionally Essential Amino Acids

Frog Fuel also contains Conditionally Essential Amino Acids (CEAA) which are needed by the body at certain stages in life which some people are also genetically unable to synthesise and therefore they must also rely on consuming these types of Amino Acids either via diet or supplements. Also, when the body is in a stressed state, the body is most often incapable of producing CEAA, which again reflects the necessity to consume this category of Amino Acids.

Conditionally Essential Amino Acids (CEAA):

  • Arginine - Is 32% nitrogen, nitrogen is only found in protein and is required for cell growth. Arginine has insulin like growth factor which promotes healing, aids in treatment of multiple conditions like Cachexia and pressure sores. Reduces risk of infections/immune enhancing properties and increases polyamines/cell building blocks.
  • Cysteine - Assists tissue repair and helps maintain skin flexibility. Promotes red and white blood cell reproduction and chelates heavy metals.
  • Glutamine - Improves nitrogen retention and dexterity while reducing the incidence of infection and assists in mental functions.
  • Glycine - Key in neurotransmission in the central nervous system. Can assist in the treatment of conditions with abnormal nerve firing. Is used as a gastric antacid and as part of treatment for myopathy. Aids in detoxification in the liver.
  • Proline - Lowers high blood pressure. Helpful in repairing fibrous tissue damage and improves skin flexibility in relation to aging.
  • Tyrosine - Key in the formation of thyroid hormone, a precursor of melanin. Aids in stabilizing blood pressure by lowering energy or elevating energy as needed.
  • Taurine - A powerful CEAA that helps protect cell membranes, balance calcium and potassium as well as ventricular performance in heart muscle.

What are Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)?

Branched chained amino acids are comprised of 3 essential amino acids, specifically Valine, Isoleucine and Leucine. BCAA’s are used to aid in the treatment of a number of diseases such as Lou Gehrigs disease, brain conditions due to liver disease, elderly patients, cancer patients and people who are confined to bed rest. BCAA’s prevent fatigue and improve concentration, while improving exercise performance and reduce muscle breakdown.

As you can see amino acids offer so many benefits to the human body, whether that is to aid in the treatment of diseases or for the overall improvement of your general health amino acids are an essential for the human body to function and survive. The addition of amino acids in Frog Fuel means Frog Fuel is a complete protein product unlike other collagen protein products on the market. The collagen protein cell is not a complete protein on its own and as such it needs to be fortified with Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) to be of any use to the human body, in other words If a collagen supplement does not contain BCAA’s then it is basically useless.

Which brings us to………Frog Fuel

As you can see amino acids offer so many benefits to the human body, whether that is to aid in the treatment of diseases or for the overall improvement of your general health amino acids are an essential for the human body to function and survive. The addition of amino acids in Frog Fuel means Frog Fuel is a complete protein product unlike other collagen protein products on the market. The collagen protein cell is not a complete protein on its own and as such it needs to be fortified with Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) to be of any use to the human body, in other words If a collagen supplement does not contain BCAA’s then it is basically useless.