Amino acids are the foundation of protein, and therefore muscle mass—making them a necessity for optimizing athletic performance.
They are the catalyst for nearly every physiological function that occurs in your body—including protein synthesis, enzyme production, hormone regulation, cognitive performance, neurotransmitter balance, and metabolism.
Out of the 20 total amino acids, nine are classified as essential. These essential amino acids (EAAs) can not be synthesized by your body but instead must be attained through diet from protein-rich foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes, and of course, amino acid supplements.
Essential amino acids make up over 50% of every protein in your body, so a deficiency in any one of them can have detrimental effects on muscle preservation, athletic training, recovery, and more—which is why EAAs are the ideal supplement to fuel your performance.
The Facts About Kion Aminos
Formulated to be potent, effective, and highly bioavailable, Kion Aminos offer a myriad of benefits. While they're primarily designed to be a pre-workout performance booster, that’s just one of the many benefits they can offer.
Kion Aminos can also be used to support fat loss, increase energy levels, regulate appetite, improve cognitive function, and facilitate deeper sleep.
Kion Aminos are extracted from plant sources (yes, they're vegetarian and vegan friendly) including beans and peas. We chose to use these specific plant-derived proteins for a few reasons:
Bioavailability: Plant proteins, especially those found in peas and beans, are highly bioavailable and easily digested.
Low allergenic potential: Many common protein supplements like egg and soy are made from common allergens. Pea and bean allergies are extremely rare, and their proteins have very low immunogenic potential.
Efficacy: A source of protein that lacks particular EAAs is known as an “incomplete protein.” Your body requires complete proteins with a full EAA profile in order to optimize protein synthesis. Many plant-based proteins have incomplete amino acid profiles, including peas and beans on their own. However, their combined profiles complement each other to deliver a complete protein.
How EAAs WorkKion Aminos contains all nine EAAs in the right quantities to enhance your health and performance. Each of the EAAs plays an important role in supporting your body:
- Leucine is critical for optimizing muscle protein synthesis, blood sugar regulation, and growth hormone production.
Lysine plays a role in growth hormone secretion, which supports muscle repair and recovery. It’s also a critical component of structural proteins like collagen and elastin, which are important for building strong connective tissue.
Methionine helps the body process and eliminate fat, promotes cardiovascular health, and supports liver function to help the body eliminate toxins.
Phenylalanine has a pain-killing and mood-elevating effect and is necessary for the synthesis of norepinephrine and dopamine. It also stimulates the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are critical for nervous system function.
Threonine supports fat metabolism and immune function. Like Lysine, it’s another crucial component of structural proteins and connective tissue.
Tryptophan has pain-suppressing qualities and can increase pain tolerance during hard workouts or competitions. It’s also a precursor for serotonin, which regulates sleep, appetite, and mood.
Isoleucine helps prevent muscle from breaking down during exercise, which could lead to faster recovery. It’s also important for immune function, hemoglobin production, and energy regulation.
Valine helps stimulate muscle regeneration and plays a critical role in energy production.
- Histidine supports the nervous system and protects muscle tissues.
What Makes Kion Aminos Different
Performance-enhancing supplements like branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), animal-based protein powders like casein, and plant proteins from soy and hemp are very popular, but they aren’t as effective as people believe. Though they can have some benefits for performance and muscle gain, they all carry a host of drawbacks.
Kion Aminos have a few key characteristics that make them unique from other protein supplements:
Clean, natural ingredients. Unlike many popular performance-enhancing supplements, Kion Aminos are pure protein. They don’t contain any added binders, fillers, stearates, coatings, dyes, added sugars, or caffeine. This means that they won’t spike your blood sugar, interfere with gut health, or give you the nervous energy and jitters that other supplements do.
Science-Backed Formula. Many amino acid supplements claim to be great for muscle growth and recovery, but they don't share exactly how much of each EAA is responsible for those results. Our Aminos are different. We share the exact quantity of each EAA down to the milligram. In fact, Kion Aminos has a science-backed formula with EAA ratios proven to enhance muscle protein synthesis.
40% Leucine. Kion Aminos are high in leucine (40%). Leucine-enriched EAAs have been shown to better stimulate MPS, support a positive protein balance, are associated with muscle growth, aid in muscle repair, and enhance recovery.
Rigorous Testing. Aminos are throughly tested for heavy metals and other contaminants. Each bottle is checked to make sure the exact amount of each amino listed on the label is what's in the bottle. You'd be surprised to hear that a lot of companies skip this step.
Superior Flavor. Most people know amino acid supplements aren’t known for being delicious. Well, we’re breaking the rules on that, too. Our Mixed Berry and Cool Lime Aminos were carefully taste-tested and crafted using only natural ingredients and flavorings. The result is delectable flavors that make you want to sip, chug, or inhale your aminos—and truly enjoy it.
Convenience. Kion Aminos provides EAAs in a convenient tablet, capsule, or powder form. No need to prepare a giant steak, lug around a canister of protein powder, keep a Tupperware of hard-boiled eggs in your gym bag, or worry about any other inconvenient (or smelly) options. And of course, there’s no need to devote time to prepping or digesting—just take one serving of Aminos and you’re ready to crush your workout!
Getting The Most Out Of Kion Aminos
Kion Aminos are designed specifically to increase muscle protein synthesis and enhance athletic performance and recovery.
Simply take one serving of Aminos with water 30 minutes prior to training to fuel your workout or after your workout to assist recovery. Each serving of Kion Aminos can also improve your mental focus during training.
Here are some other appropriate times to take Kion Aminos:
- First thing upon waking to support cognition and energy levels.
- During training sessions or events lasting longer than two hours.
- Before bed to aid in deep sleep.
One final note on this: Kion Aminos are meant to supplement other sources of dietary protein, not replace them altogether.
Even More Kion Aminos Health Benefits
Kion Aminos are also a great supplement for supporting sleep, recovery, muscle maintenance, appetite regulation, energy, fasting, and cognition—just to name a few.
Sleep: Your body converts tryptophan into melatonin, a necessary hormone for inducing sleep. Improving sleep quality has been shown to improve athletic performance and has even been associated with lower self-reported levels of depression. Take a serving of Kion Aminos 30 minutes before bed to induce better, deeper sleep.
Recovery: Post-exercise consumption of EAAs has been shown to have a positive effect on net muscle protein. In fact, one study of elite athletes showed that EAAs stimulate the anabolic process more effectively than other protein supplements. Kion Aminos taken post-workout will help reduce fatigue and improve your speed of recovery between sessions.
Muscle maintenance: EAAs are responsible for the stimulation of the anabolic state, and are therefore a crucial component for building and maintaining muscle mass. EAA supplementation can help you maintain muscle even during periods of extended inactivity.
- Appetite Regulation: Amino acids are inherently satiating and appetite-suppressing. This makes Kion Aminos a highly effective, low-calorie tool for fasting, and a great option in situations where food options are limited (like during travel).
- Fast, clean energy: Three of the EAAs—Valine, Leucine, and Isoleucine—are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver, making them readily available in the bloodstream for quick energy without a spike in blood sugar.
- Fasting: Kion Aminos can be used to support fasting by suppressing hunger, improving energy levels, helping the body retain muscle mass, and stabilizing cognitive performance. Amino acid consumption has been shown to inhibit autophagy, so if giving your cells a detox is your primary goal for fasting, then they might not be the right choice for you.
- Cognitive performance: Essential amino acids are necessary for optimizing mental performance. Tyrosine, in particular, has been shown to improve working memory. Kion Aminos can be used for a quick cognitive boost if you find yourself feeling foggy.
How To Know if Kion Aminos Are Working
The best thing about Kion Aminos, is that, right away, you'll feel their positive effects. In the short-term, you may experience:
- Steady mental and physical energy.
- An increase in strength and endurance.
- Improved focus and more intensity during your workouts.
- Reduced fatigue after training.
- An increase in muscle mass.
- A decrease in fat mass.
- Shortened recovery periods.
- Consistent improvements in power, speed, strength, and endurance.
How To Store Kion Aminos
You can keep your Kion Aminos nice and fresh if you store them in a cool, dry place like your pantry or cupboard. Be sure to look at the expiration date to keep track of when your aminos are at their peak freshness.
One Last Thing...
Kion Aminos might not be for everyone.
If you are pregnant, nursing, under the age of 18, or currently taking prescription medications, please consult with your physician to determine if amino acid supplementation is appropriate for you.
As for medications, Kion Aminos have not been shown to interfere with any prescription medications. However, if you do currently take prescription medication, consult with your physician to determine if EAA supplementation is right for you.
If you experience gastrointestinal distress, it’s most likely an issue of timing. Make sure you don’t consume Kion Aminos within 30 minutes of eating a meal. Ideally, take them on an empty stomach.
If you experience “jitters,” try starting with smaller servings. Start with a half serving of Aminos and assess your energy levels afterward. From there, you can slowly work up to a full serving, or stick with a smaller serving if preferred.
We hope we answered all of your questions about Kion Aminos; but if we didn't leave a comment below, and we'll try to get you an answer in a jiffy. Enjoy your aminos!
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