Understanding Amino Acids: Boost the Efficiency of Your Protein Intake

by Dr. David Minkoff August 22, 2016 3 min read

Understanding Amino Acids: Boost the Efficiency of Your Protein Intake

Adding protein after a workout is a popular practice among athletes and body builders but, in fact, protein is an important part of everyone’s diet. Protein helps support a healthy immune system and is a vital component in repairing damage to the body, whether it’s a nagging injury or chronic feelings of fatigue.

However, there is a valid reason behind the stereotype of gym junkies shaking up a protein drink following a workout. When you exercise, especially when weight training, you are actually causing micro-tears in the muscle fibers. Protein is essential for the recovery of these muscles and muscle growth, if that’s your goal.

How Your Body Uses Protein

Proteins are an important part of building muscles, organs, bones, enzymes, immune cells and many hormones—and one of the most important parts of your diet if you are looking to develop lean muscle mass and shed fat.

However, protein’s role in muscle mass is often misunderstood. Many people think that the 30 grams of protein in their post-workout shake is directly used by their body to form new proteins and muscle mass. This is not the case.

What makes the difference is the amino acids found in the protein. Each protein source is made up of different amounts of amino acids. Further, each protein source has a different percentage of its amino acids that can actually be used to build body protein.

In fact, many people don’t realize that much of the proteins that we eat are turned into carbohydrates and either used for fuel or stored as fat. However, while fats, protein and carbohydrates can all be used by the body as an energy source, only protein can provide the essential amino acids required to build essential body protein.

Understanding Amino Acids

The protein in food is made up of amino acids that are strung together in the same structure—picture beads on a chain. When you consume and digest protein, the amino acids found in this particular protein are released and absorbed into the body. Some of these amino acids are then used by the body to build new proteins, like those used to repair torn muscles and build new muscle.

However, only amino acids that are available in the correct proportions can be used to build body protein. If you examine whey protein, only 16% of the amino acids are used to build proteins in the body. This means that the remaining 84% of the amino acids are not used to build protein, but rather become a source of extra calories! This makes finding a protein source with an optimally balanced formula of essential amino acids key to maximizing the efficiency of your protein intake.

Essential Amino Acids

Essential amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When consumed in ideal proportions, you maximize the protein’s utilization in your body.

After years of research, it is now possible to provide a protein source that is composed of the ideal balance of the eight essential amino acids, from which 99% of the amino acids can be used by the body to build new protein.

BodyHealth’s PerfectAmino® contains the eight amino acids the body needs to support optimized protein intake and utilization by the body.*

Together with a strategic exercise program and balanced diet, you’ll be able to watch your body transform with the support of balanced amino acids that maximize your protein intake.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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