Ergogenic aid research paper
Branched Chain Amino Acids
In choosing branched chain amino acids for my ergogenic aid project, I took a few different things into account. When looking at the list provided to our class for this project, I told myself that I wanted a challenge. I wanted to work on a topic that I knew very little about to begin with. Some of the choices off of the ergogenic aid list seemed to easy and broad. Options such as protein and alcohol would seem to be rather easy and bland. To begin with, I had heard of amino acids and branched chain amino acids. However, I knew next to nothing about them. Instead of covering the broad topic of all the amino acids, this topic allowed myself to go deeper into examining not only amino acids themselves, but as well as branched chain amino acids. I find sports supplements to be quiet interesting and I knew that supplements were out there for branched chain amino acids. Examining the theories behind these supplements as well as examining the test studies behind them has always been intriguing to me.
My first hurdle to overcome was classifying an amino acid. This became a little bit more difficult than I had thought it would be. I did not realize how much biology and chemistry was involved when it came to classifying my topic. In my research, I came about things such as “carboxylic acid groups” and “peptide bonds”. I still have yet to grasp exactly what each of these refers to. The most understandable way of describing amino acids would be referring to them as the “building blocks of life” this is said to be true as well for building muscle. In the metabolism, one main function of the branched chain amino acids is to support muscle protein synthesis. In nutrition, the usage of amino acids is needed for protein utilization. The human body will take these twenty one amino acids and convert them into protein molecules attached with branched chain amino acids for better protein...