The 8 essential amino acids EAAs
Amino acids are the building blocks of our body. The 8 essentials are the ones we need to get from food and through these proteins that we break down once in our body, we use the amino acids for all the systems in our body. Amino acids are essential for muscles and bones, but also essential for the functioning of the immune system, the creation of neurotransmitters, the repair of the intestinal mucous membrane, the transport of oxygen and much more. When we are deficient in protein, our body must select which system will use the available amino acids and it may be the immune system that suffers, or another. It is therefore essential to have all the essential amino acids available on a daily basis.
Do you have enough protein?
Excellent health and sports specialists such as author and speaker Ben Greenfield recommends 0.55 to -0.8 grams of protein per pound of weight depending on age and exercise. Above the age of 50-55 years, with the unfortunate process of loss of muscle mass, it is better to raise these figures to more towards 1g per pound, especially to gain muscle mass. In cases of cancer, obviously, it’s a different story because we don’t want to introduce too much protein into the diet.
Essential amino acids sold in supplements are a 99% assimilable source and a 5g serving is equivalent to 15g of protein if converted. Obviously, prehistoric humans never used canned supplements, but I find the concept of being able to optimize daily protein intake by reducing one’s ecological footprint and not eating meat every meal interesting for those who want to eat paleo. This is great for those who want to optimize their ketogenic or paleo diet to reverse inflammation in their body or to heal themselves from a chronic disease, as you can read in my article by clicking on it.
A study was done with a mountain climber who walked for 30 days on the western border of China with the 8 essential amino acids as her only source of protein. No loss of muscle mass, no injuries. No injury. Perfect assimilation. Ideal energy carrier.
To support fasting
Essential amino acids are perfect for supporting a fast. For a full day fast, or a chicken broth fast, or even a green juice fast, EAAs maintain the absence of mechanical processes in the digestion and allow the body to rest while having a support of energy, focus and raw material for body repair.
I love to take them in the morning in my daily intermittent fasting, with a hot beverage containing coconut oil and MCT. It keeps my body on a fasted keto state in the morning and gives a steady focus and energy to start the morning till noon.
Or else I take it to recover from a workout, or before intense physical activity.
If you want to try it, there are only a few companies on the market right now, most of them in the United States, and I use the essentiel amino acids from BodyHealth, a great brand I trust in. You can use the code OPTIMUMOSTEO for 10% discount on all your orders.
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