What Are Liquid Amino Acids?

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Amino acids are important molecules that help make up proteins, coenzymes, and other vital molecules in the body. Some amino acids are made by the body, while others must be consumed as part of the diet. Many people choose to get their amino acids in supplement form, which generally are available as a liquid, tablet or capsule. Liquid amino acids are often preferred because the body absorbs them faster and digests them more easily, providing the maximum benefits in the shortest amount of time.

There are 20 standard amino acids that are required by the body to function at an optimal level. Eight of them are essential amino acids and 12 are non-essential amino acids. The non-essential amino acids are produced by the body, while essential amino acids must be obtained through the diet or supplements.

Most people are not able to get the proper amount of essential amino acids in the foods they eat. Heavily processed foods may have a lower level of vitamins and minerals and an increased amount of chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics, which makes it harder for the body to absorb the necessary nutrients. The best way to combat this problem is to take an essential amino acid supplement.

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Liquid amino acids can provide a number of positive effects. They can help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. They may help boost energy levels, and allow the brain to focus and pay attention for longer periods of time. In addition, they help build protein inside the body, and can have a positive effect on metabolism.

When the metabolism is increased in the body, it creates more energy and helps make the body function better. The body also can break down fats easier as it digests the liquid amino acids, causing the body to store less fat. These acids are packed with protein, making it a supplement regularly used by athletes and bodybuilders.

When an athlete uses liquid amino acids when exercising, it can help to protect the lean muscle tissue from being used. Athletes want to retain as much lean muscle mass as possible while decreasing excess fat. Amino acids are responsible for helping to repair tears of the muscle tissues and organs in the body. The proper absorption and specific amounts of amino acids taken in liquid form can also help prevent bone loss, osteoporosis, and kidney disease.

Liquid amino acids are available at most grocery stores and health food stores. Taking the liquid amino acid before meals is recommended. Best results are often achieved by taking these and other supplements along with a healthy diet.

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literally45
Post 3

I started taking liquid amino acids a few weeks ago. So far, I'm very impressed with the results. I have more energy, I have better mood and my joint pain has reduced. I'm still not sure if I'm experiencing some kind of placebo effect but I don't think so. I doubt that I would have seen so many improvements if that were the case.

I think I really had some amino acid deficiencies and I plan on supplementing with liquid amino acids from now on.

SarahGen
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@serenesurface-- I think that everyone can benefit from a liquid amino acid supplement, especially for those amino acids that we have to get from food. Of course, use it according to directions and don't take more than what is directed on the label.

The biggest issue that I experience with liquid amino acids is that there aren't many varieties. A lot of the liquid amino acid supplements on the market are sold especially for body builders. I'm not a body builder so I don't want to use these products. I've been purchasing my liquid amino acid online for the past year for this reason. There are more options online.

serenesurface
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I eat a fairly balanced diet. There are days where I cheat and eat not so healthy though. Do I need a liquid amino acid supplement?

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