Monday, August 27, 2012

Product Review: Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy

Want a clean energy preworkout that gives you a kick start on muscle building? ON Amino Energy is for you. The taste of the fruit punch was great. The energy supplied was great without jitters and the subsequent crash. It's a simple formula of amino acids and energy components.

The science behind the formulation is solid as usual. Here are a few of the benefits of each amino acid. This list is no where near complete.

Taurine - pulls fluid in the muscle expanding the tissue creating greater potential for growth.
L-Glutamine - recovery and anti-catabolic.
L-Arginine - nitric oxide production
L-Leucine - the king of protein synthesis.
Beta-Alanine - leads to greater muscle carnosine levels which increases muscle endurance.
Citrulline - nitric oxide production and reduces lactic acid and ammonia
L-Isoleucine - prevents muscle protein deterioration during exercise
L-Valine - fuel for muscle building reactions and used in muscle protein synthesis
L-Tyrosine -converted into dopamine and norepinephrine resulting in increased energy and focus
L-Histidine - converts to histamine, a powerful blood vessel dilator
L-Lysine - precursor for L-Citrulline and L-Carnitine and is crucial for the formation of collagen
L-Phenylalanine - raises insulin secretion which can help with muscle growth following workouts
L-Threonine - supports cardiovascular, liver, central nervous, and immune system
L-Methionine - Creatine precursor and supports joint heal

Optimum Nutrition recommends:
2 - 4 scoops upon waking
2 - 6+ scoops pre-workout
2 - 4 scoops post-workout
2 - 4 for an afternoon pick me up

Unless you're made of money I would stick with pre-workout and Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey.