FAQs for Amino Acids

What are amino acids?
Amino Acids are organic compounds that play critical roles in various functions of the body. such as building protein, digesting food, building muscle, repair tissue and more.
How many amino acids are there?
There are 22 Amino Acids in total, 20 are common amino acids and 9 essential amino acids (which must come from food)
What are essential amino acids?
Essential Amino Acids are Amino Acids that the body cannot produce and must come from food. The 9 essential amino acids are:
  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine
What are branched chain amino acids?
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) refers to the three essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. These cannot be produced by your body and have to be consumed as food or through BCAA supplements. BCAA’s have shown to build muscle, repair muscle, reduce muscle soreness and decrease muscle fatigue.
Where can I buy amino acids?
Amino Acids and BCAAs can be purchased online from Supplements Direct, there is a category specifically for these products Amino Acids: https://supplementsdirect.ca/product-category/muscle-building/bcaas/amino-acids-single/ BCAAs: https://supplementsdirect.ca/product-category/muscle-building/bcaas/