Posted by Larry Hoover on October 10, 2003, at 10:26:02
In reply to Amino acids question, posted by rianny on October 9, 2003, at 19:22:39
> I was taking Omega 3-6-9 and Niacine (likely to be niacinamite) for my anxiety and fatigue. They did not seem to work.
> Today, I bought a product called "Amino 2000" by Ultimate Nutrition. I just wanted to buy L-Tyrosine, but they did not have separate one, so I kind of bought all-in-one product.
> So, this product contains the following:
> Each serving (3 tablets) contains:
> L-Leucine 756mg
> L-Isoleucine 376mg
> L-Valine 296mg
> L-Lysine 636mg
> L-Threonine 233mg
> L-Methionine 126mg
> L-Phenylalanine 234mg
> L-Tryptophan 156mg
> L-Arginine 112mg
> L-Aspartic Acid 626mg
> L-Cystine/Cystein 224mg
> L-Alanine 308mg
> L-Glutamic Acid 1002mg
> L-Glycine 116mg
> L-Histidine 126mg
> L-Proline 252mg
> L-Serine 238mg
> L-Tyrosine 210mg
> It seems like it covers lots of amino acids. I'm just wondering if this product is what I'm supposed to take for energy and confidence.
Looks like hydrolyzed soya protein, based on the high glutamate level.
One of the reasons for using pure tyrosine, or pure phenylalanine, is that the other amino acids are not present. Amino acids, as a class of similar chemistry, can compete with each other inside your body. By taking a purified amino acid, on an empty stomach, you give the single amino acid virtually unhindered access to the transporters and enzymes whose function you wish to enhance.
If you're not digesting protein efficiently, or are under some physiological stress (like body building, a rather artificial state), using pre-digested (hydrolyzed) protein guarantees you'll get the aminos into the blood. But, like I said, to use a particular amino as a treatment, you would do better to have it pure to begin with. This stuff might work, but it might not.
> Please add more supplements that I can try for energy and confidence if you know some.
B-vitamins in general
NADH in particular (a special form of B-3)
TMG trimethylglycine, also known as betaine (but do not use betaine hydrochloride).
> Also is it better to consume amino acids before meal or after?
On an otherwise empty stomach. At least one half hour before a meal.