The Game Changing Findings
Amino Acids In Sweat
- Hormone production
- Formation of neurotransmitters
- Formation of DNA
- Folate metabolism
Rate Of Loss Increases
The group of key amino acids which are being lost at faster rates during daily routines are being significantly increased under many conditions, such as:
- Increased physical exertion
- Long workdays, commutes, hectic life-styles
- During illness and chronic disease
- Recovery from illness (cold & flu), chronic illness, physical trauma
- Living in warmer climates (especially with high humidity)
- Other intense, physically and mentally challenging events
The Body meets demands during exertion
Other amino acids can be made by the body but, under some conditions, production may not keep up with demand.
When the body is undertaking exercise with a higher demand for amino acids, the body will break down its own proteins via a process known as the "catabolic response". This provides a supply of these amino acids until the body can receive amino acids from ingested resources.
The Catabolic Response
Extended periods of exercise and exposures to hot conditions can lead to substantial depletion of endogenous resources. This can adversely affect future performance with slower rates of recovery.
The Impact On Body Functions
- Building proteins
- Driving metabolism
- Building membranes
- Immune function
- Maintenance of skin and moisture
- Maintaining cholesterol levels
- Recovery (illness, disease, physical, mental)
- Healthy blood - forming haemoglobin and red blood cells
- Maintaining good health
- Forming neurotransmitters
- Facilitating sleep
Replenishing Key Amino Acids
The determination of which amino acids are lost most during exertion and the development of computer models for protein turnover assisted in identifying which specific amino acids are utilized at disproportionately faster rates than other amino acids.
This would mean less breakdown of muscle proteins with a better chance of maintaining muscle mass and condition as well as enabling a more efficient recovery.
The Rapid Uptake Of InnovAAte Amino Acids
Digestion remains diminished for some time (hours) after exertion depending on the intensity and duration of exercise. The provision of the key amino acids immediately post-exercise would thus be extremely helpful for the body to facilitate recovery and repair processes.