As much as I personally would like to take credit for being this smart, that just wouldn't be right. So instead I turned to BASE Team member, Ironman athlete, Boston Marathon qualifier and scientist Kimberly Townsend, BS, MS, MA to answer the question we hear so often: What is BASE Amino and why is it so important.
One of the most popular products in the BASE Performance supplement line is BASE Amino. Amino is short for the term, amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. There are four groups of macromolecules that make up living organisms. Those molecules are fats, carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids. Each macromolecule consists of smaller units, called monomers. Fats, carbohydrates, and proteins provide energy whereas nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) do not. The monomer, or building block, of a protein is an amino acid. Each person’s DNA contains the directions for producing proteins by forming bonds between the amino acids. Proteins are made in the cells as a result of the codes contained in the DNA. There are twenty amino acids that make up proteins. Nine amino acids are essential and your body cannot manufacture them. The nine essential amino acids must be consumed in the foods we eat. Histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. As you already know, proteins are essential to muscle repair and recovery, hence the importance of the protein building block, the amino acid. By consuming BASE Amino you are providing your body with the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form, making them great for training and racing. Proteins and fats are slower to digest therefore when racing and training, eating too much protein or fat can lead to GI distress. By having the amino acids in a powdered form, you can easily digest them mixed in water or BASE Hydro. Muscle tissue contains about 40% of the body’s protein. However, there are many different types of proteins that control countless cellular functions. Some other examples of proteins include enzymes, hormones, antibodies, collagen, hemoglobin, and keratin just to name a few.
Endurance training can take its toll on the body if one does not have the proper rest and recovery time. Proteins are essential to cellular repair and recovery. Special functional proteins are also be found in the cell membrane that allows for facilitated diffusion to occur across the cellular membrane. Facilitated diffusion is when “helper proteins” allow molecules to move (or diffuse) across the cell membrane without expending any energy (passive transport). These “helper proteins” allow glucose, sodium and chloride ions to move across the cellular membrane thus helping to maintain homeostasis or cellular internal stability. As endurance athletes we are all aware of the need for glucose, sodium and chloride ions to move across the cell membrane (BASE Salt anyone?). This is just another example of the role proteins play in the body’s ability to function.
To summarize, proteins are an energy containing macromolecule that are manufactured within the cell using directions encoded in one’s DNA. The building block of the protein is the amino acid and by consuming a diet rich in complete proteins you can help your body to function more efficiently. Proteins are one of the six essential nutrients (fats, carbs, vitamins, minerals and water are the others). By drinking BASE Amino on a regular basis you are supplying your body with essential amino acids that your body needs to synthesize proteins which will lead to more efficient cellular function and muscle repair and recovery. BASE Amino is the ultimate recovery cocktail for tired muscles! Make sure you are training with aminos so you can be fueled and race day ready for optimal performance.
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