Protein and Amino Acids
Arguably the most important nutrient for a bodybuilder, protein builds and repairs muscles. Consuming 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight is strongly recommended for maximum muscle growth.
Recommended Protein Sources:
- Lean Red Meat
- Whole Eggs
- Cottage Cheese
- Leucine: an essential amino acid mainly responsible for the regulation of blood sugar levels and the growth and repair of tissues in skeletal muscle, bones and skin.
- Isoleucine: promotes muscle tissue repair and, recovery, while also assisting in wound healing.
- Valine: helps the process of muscle growth, repair and recovery.
- Glutamine: a non-essential amino acid responsible for preserving muscle mass.
- Arginine: has the capability to preserve nitrogen, which is crucial in protein synthesis.
- Carnitine: increases energy while decreasing body fat.
- Histidine: required by the body for both growth and repair of muscle tissue.
- Lysine: used by the body for calcium absorption, which is compulsory for growth in muscles and bones.
- Phenylalanine: has the ability to elevate mood by stimulating the nerve system.
- Methionine: capable of breaking down and using fats.
- Threonine: involved in liver functions, lipotropic functions and maintenance of the immune system.
- Cysteine: capable of strengthening the lining of the stomach and intestines.
- HMB: prevents muscle loss and limits fat storage.