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Amino acids worth supplementing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 30, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Are Beta alanine, carnitine, leucine, Isoleucine, Valine etc. worth supplementing?

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on October 23, 2012
at 12:07 AM

I've stacked this along with coffee and MCT's. It's overkill. I wouldn't try it.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on September 02, 2011
at 05:01 PM

I take two beta alanine caps as well as two creatine hcl caps 30 minutes before lifting and I definitely can tell the difference in carnosine augmentation when i supplement these. I also pop a few gplc caps before I lift, burns fat and gives a good pump. And lastly, I sip BCAAs while I train (most times its AM fasted, I also have modified fasted lifts(3+ hours after my last meal)). The BCAAs have helped tremendously with DOMS and I seem to get better results when I take more BCAAs. I would look no further than the single amino acids that were first mentioned.

F5698e16f1793c0bb00daea6a2e222a4

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on August 30, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Acetyl l-carnitine I believe.

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on August 30, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Yes, but usually for specific purposes or goals. Certain aminos are good for certain problems. Tryptophan for depression. Leucine/Isoleucine for perserving/gaining muscle, etc.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on August 30, 2011
at 05:00 PM

hey! just curious, what are you attempting to achieve with these supplements?

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on August 30, 2011
at 06:49 AM

I think it depends on how much protein your eating and if your doing IF or not. If your eating alot of protein it might be overkill and wasted money. However if your doing IF like the LeanGains protocol then you are going to train fasted and its recommended to take amino's before you train. I take Xtend pre workout in fasted training days. Rest of the time I get more then enough aminos from my whole food protein sources.

IF is Intermittent Fasting (www.leangains.com)

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Sort of related...in Robb Wolf's seminar in Boston, he recommended 400-600mg l-carnitine and 200-400mg alpha lipoic acid together on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. He said that in his experience, it is something that many people can find useful. His slides said that this combination "=ESPRESSO!!!". I find that it has helped with morning energy and that I have been ingesting less caffeine since supplementing this way.

F5698e16f1793c0bb00daea6a2e222a4

(678)

on August 30, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Acetyl l-carnitine I believe.

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on October 23, 2012
at 12:07 AM

I've stacked this along with coffee and MCT's. It's overkill. I wouldn't try it.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on September 07, 2012
at 01:18 AM

I tried the Carnitine + Alpha Lipoic Acid + 24 ounces of Bulletproof Coffee 2 hours before an inter-company job interview today.

I might have a new position in a few weeks...+1000!

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439e77966b73cd67e218b1537c4809d0

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on August 05, 2012
at 04:10 AM

A good read might be the Mood Cure. This book details the use of amino acids for the treatment of things like depression, ADD, etc.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on July 01, 2012
at 05:36 AM

I've found Leucine + Carnitine during a fast to be beneficial for getting an extra "boost" on leanness. I'd say it's a waste for someone who has a lot to lose because there are far better things to spend money on, but for those dialed in and looking for small boosts, this has worked for me.

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on August 30, 2011
at 05:10 AM

I think glycine is worth supplementing, especially if you don't regularly consume glycine-rich foods. Please see http://flare8.net/health/doku.php/nutrients#amino_acids

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77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on August 30, 2011
at 05:06 AM

FUnny you ask because those are all the exact aminos i supplement and I have gotten very good results with them.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on August 30, 2011
at 05:00 PM

hey! just curious, what are you attempting to achieve with these supplements?

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on September 02, 2011
at 05:01 PM

I take two beta alanine caps as well as two creatine hcl caps 30 minutes before lifting and I definitely can tell the difference in carnosine augmentation when i supplement these. I also pop a few gplc caps before I lift, burns fat and gives a good pump. And lastly, I sip BCAAs while I train (most times its AM fasted, I also have modified fasted lifts(3+ hours after my last meal)). The BCAAs have helped tremendously with DOMS and I seem to get better results when I take more BCAAs. I would look no further than the single amino acids that were first mentioned.

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