Posted By ProjectAD on May 19, 2015
Amino acid supplementation is the topic hot on everybody's lips involved in the fitness industry.
By now it's well established that consuming then before, during and after your workouts can increase muscular gains, decrease the amount of recovery time needed between sessions and also enhance intra-workout performance. If that's not a good enough reason to supplement with amino's, then you should probably take up darts!
But what if we were to reveal an overlooked benefit of amino acid consumption, far too frequently breezed over that may be the key to unlocking freaky gains in muscle, dramatic increases in recovery and also beneficial for fat loss? Would you believe us, or think this is just a marketing gimmick?
Whilst we share your skepticism, you should know by now that here at Project AD we're science geeks to the core and hold our customers to the same high standards – an attempt to pull the wool over your eyes will result in not only a loss of profits for our company, but more importantly, a direct hit at our ethics which we absolutely refuse to compromise on. Like yourselves, we're athletes at heart.
So what's this dosing protocol anyway, and what is it all about?
Dr Layne Norton's intriguing protein research
Most people are familiar with the name Layne Norton in the sports nutrition industry. An eminent scientist and fanatical pro natural bodybuilder, he has spent an enormous amount of time studying protein metabolism.
Norton has extensively researched ways to maximise protein synthesis (essentially a way of saying the rate at which we build muscle tissue). In a paper, Norton postulated that:
“It appears that maximizing skeletal muscle protein synthesis requires approximately ~15g of essential amino acids1,2 . It has been postulated that the amino acid leucine is responsible for the stimulatory effect of dietary protein on protein synthesis3 and 15g of essential amino acids would contain 3.2g of leucine. Thus, in order to determine how much protein from a specific source is required to elicit the maximal response it may be useful to also calculate how much leucine is contained in the source.”
But there is also data tied into his article that talks about meal frequency, which is a completely new topic altogether. However, if we can go off that quote alone for the time being, then we can look more in depth at ways to maximise muscle protein synthesis in the body via amino acid supplementation.
Norton goes on to say:
“Our lab has recently shown that the duration of protein synthesis in response to a complete meal containing protein, carbohydrates, and fats is approximately 3 hours long6 . Therefore, it appears that a complete meal slightly prolongs the duration of protein synthesis. What is interesting about our findings is that while protein synthesis had returned to baseline after 3 hours, plasma amino acid levels were still elevated above baseline and plasma leucine was elevated almost 3x above baseline!”
What's all this about? Basically, while whole food meals elevate protein synthesis significantly, they can't be relied on exclusively to maximise protein synthesis levels. In order to overcome this 'refractory response', Norton suggests free-form amino acid supplements in between whole food meals. Eating another whole food meal – therefore increasing overall meal frequency – is not just inconvenient, it also 'densensitises' the body to protein synthesis and is inefficient at maximising it. Thus, a free-form amino acid supplement can step in effectively.
We don't know how to overcome the current 'refractory' response to protein synthesis tapering off in response to whole food meals; but we can “spike plasma levels of amino acids to a far greater level than can be achieved with whole foods and perhaps this supraphysiological response is enough to overcome the refractory response.” Norton concludes.
If you cast your eyes back to Dr Norton's earlier recommendations, it was suggested that 15grams of Essential Amino Acid's – including 3.2grams of L-leucine – is ideal for stimulating further increases in protein synthesis. Free form amino's are able to do this as they're metabolised instantly by the gut and able to be put to use. This is where AminoTaur is able to assist your gains substantially.
Aminotaur is ideal because there's a whopping 13grams of amino's per serving, including 5grams of Leucine (a total of 7grams of BCAA's) and 6 additional grams of Essential Amino Acids (EAA's), almost identical to the recommendations from the references article.
So here's our suggestion, take it or leave it: mix 1 ½ scoop of AminoTaur into your shaker bottle with 750mls-1 litre of water. Sip half of it roughly 2 ½ hours after your morning meal, and the other half 2 ½ hours in between an evening meal (perhaps after your 3rd or 4th meal of the day). You'll maximise your true anabolic potential, and should make massive progress as a result.
It may be a small, subtle change, but Aminotaur is tailor made for this one folks. Oh, and don't forget to continue to take it intra-workout as well for maximum performance!
Referenced paper: http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/protein_size_&_frequency.pdf