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Organic compounds that contain an amine (-NH2), carboxyl (-COOH) functional groups and side chain (R group) are considered an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of the body. They bond together to make longer chains, or what we commonly know as proteins. These proteins are an important source of energy for each individual cell in our bodies. Amino acids are generally classified as either essential, semiessential or nonessential. Click here to learn more about the differences between these three types of amino acids.
While the benefits of amino acids are generally discussed in regards to bodybuilding and muscle growth (in particular with branched chain amino acids or BCAAs), there are a number of other potential benefits associated with amino acids. Amino acids may also:
Support a positive mood | Promote healthy stress levels | Support cardiovascular health | Promote joint health | Support overall health and immunity
Nootropics Depot offers a variety of amino acid supplements. Browse our selection of amino acid powders and capsules below.