Amino acids, essential for the functioning of the human body, are the basic "building blocks" of proteins. Over 500 different amino acids are known in nature.
9 amino acids are essential, and these cannot be produced by the human or animal body, or only in insufficient quantities.
Replenishing these amino acids is crucial for everyone. Higher levels are needed for people who perform regular physical work or sport.
Protein sources that contain all 9 essential amino acids are considered complete. Such a complete nutrient is EAA powder, similar to whey or beef protein.
How is EAA different? Who is it recommended for?
If we take the protein in whey as an example, the amino acids in whey are bound together to form different proteins. When the body breaks it down, it releases energy by breaking the bonds. Roughly 180 calories per 25 gram serving.
In contrast, EAA contains only the amino acids, so they are not bound together, so the body will release very minimal energy from EAA powder. Only 40 calories from 25 grams. - It should be added that EAA is less than whey, so it can be considered almost 0 calories.
Moreover, EAA is more like a soft drink and does not weigh down the stomach like protein powders. It can therefore be a perfect choice at any time of the day.