Do you play sports? Think about amino acids!

More and more people spend their time exercising,  working out in the gym, outdoors or at home. Sometimes a hobby turns into a professional sport. Regardless of whether you are an amateur or a professional, you should control your health so that your efforts lead to improvement, not deterioration of your condition.

There are many factors that influence physical performance. These include the body’s need for nutrients and minerals, it’s the ability to fight free radical stress and the health of the mitochondria. A very important element in the daily diet of an athlete is an adequate supply of amino acids.

Amino acids are the building blocks of cells and tissues. They fulfill various biological functions and are used for the production of peptides and proteins, and also condition the proper development of muscles, affect metabolism and the work of the endocrine and nervous systems.

Amino acids are divided into two groups – essential exogenous amino acids, which must be in the diet because cells can’t synthesize them, and non-essential endogenous amino acids, which can be produced by cells. Some of the amino acids have bio stimulating properties, i.e. they improve the condition and stamina of the body, and are therefore particularly important for athletes. Although a healthy diet contains enough of these essential amino acids to survive, problems may occur in case of increased nutritional demand.

Endogenous proteinogenic amino acids (contained in proteins) include alanine, glycine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamine, glutamic acid, proline, and serine. Endogenous non-proteinogenic amino acids are cystine, citrulline, homoserine, hydroxylysine, hydroxyproline, carnitine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), ornithine, and taurine.

The group of exogenous amino acids includes arginine, phenylalanine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. The main source of these amino acids is animal products such as meat, eggs, and dairy. The deficiency of essential exogenous amino acids in the diet can lead to many serious health disorders.

The demand for amino acids of all types is increased in people who actively practice sports, especially strength athletics. Getting them with everyday diet can prove to be quite difficult. Diagnostic tests allow to estimate the level of amino acids in the body and on this basis determine the proper diet and eventual supplementation.

BIOVIS LABORATORY offers a comprehensive examination of the level of the 24 most important amino acids: E610 – AMINO ACID STATUS

This test determines the level of amino acids, which allows adjustments in the diet to ensure the proper supply of these nutrients. The test includes 24 amino acids: glycine, alanine, serine, threonine, valine, leucine, isoleucine, cystine, methionine, taurine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, proline, hydroxyproline, histidine, tryptophan, aspartic acid, asparagine, glutamic acid, arginine, glutamic acid, glutamic acid, ornithine, citrulline. The material needed for the test is blood.

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