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NatureAminos Essential Amino Acids

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Whether you are using them for rapid recovery from exercise, for a potent nutrient to keep nervous system fatigue at bay during a tough training session, to help an injury to heal faster, to fall asleep faster, to build muscle at a more rapid rate, to get added amino acids if you’re aging, vegan, vegetarian or in ketosis, or to give your immune system added support, NatureAminos Essential Amino Acids contain a perfect amount of the eight essential amino acids your body needs to support and maintain muscular, skeletal, enzymatic, and hormonal systems.

You probably know that the amino acids you get from protein are crucial for getting to sleep faster, repairing muscle, recovery, healing of your gut lining, brain function, neurotransmitter formation and much, much more…

…and it sure is easy to assume you are consuming enough of these amino acids from the protein you find in food sources like eggs, cheese, seeds, nuts, meats, etc.

While it is indeed true that you get good quality proteins from these foods, the unfortunate fact is that much of the protein in the food you eat is NOT converted into protein – and instead it just makes nitrogen and ammonia waste that your body has to get rid of plus extra calories.

Yep, most of that expensive post-workout steak is just a ton of money you spend that winds up as a boatload of calories, stress on your digestive system, and not a terribly large amount of true actual amino acid absorption.

Because of this, almost everyone is protein deficient without realizing it, and this deficiency manifests as a nagging injury that won’t heal in an athlete, or brittle bones in a menopausal women, or constant colds in a child. The annoying symptoms of protein and amino acid deficiency is very often something you are aware of, but you (and most doctors) just can’t identify an amino acid deficiency without an expensive test like an organic acids profile. But not getting enough protein can mean low hormones, or a low immune system or risk of chronic disease or cancer, and much more.

However, whether you’re a hard-charging athlete, you’re injured, you need added hormone or neurotransmitter support, the essential amino acids in NatureAminos are in the exact ratios your body needs for maximum utilization by the body – with 99% absorption and utilization, giving you all the advantages of eating an entire steak, but with only 0.4 calories and a convenient, portable, instantly digestible tablet form that you can swallow or chew or powder form that you can mix in water or juice. 

And yes, this means you get all the advantages of walking in from your workout and getting the equivalent of eating an entire steak, but without actually having to prepare, chew, digest or engage in any other stressful or inconvenient way to get your protein. Don’t take this the wrong way: of course, we’re all about eating high-quality, tasty foods like steak, eggs and nuts, but when you’re hammering on a bike, pounding the pavement on a run, have 10 minutes to figure out how to get all the protein you need, or you’re in any other situation that requires you get your protein fast and you get it absorbed even faster, NatureAminos is the perfect solution.

So what’s inside NatureAminos?

NatureAminos is an essential amino acids (also known as EAA’s) supplement that is 99% utilized by the body to make protein. No other form of protein comes close! The ingredients contain all eight essential amino acids, perfect for omnivores, Paleo dieters, vegans, vegetarians, and ketosis:

  • Tryptophan to encourage the release of important neurotransmitters and hormones for mood and sleep, such as serotonin and melatonin.
  • Lysine, which, if deficient, can result in a deficiency in niacin (Vitamin B), as well as slow connective tissue repair.
  • Methionine to supply sulphur and other compounds required by your body for optimum metabolism and growth.
  • Valine, which is needed for muscle fiber firing, tissue repair, and for the maintenance of proper nitrogen balance in the body.
  • Leucine, which stimulates muscle protein synthesis and may be the major fuel involved in anabolic (tissue building) reactions.
  • Isoleucine, which is important for blood sugar regulation, muscle development and repair and energy regulation.
  • Threonine, which is important for antibody production, immune system activity, and can be converted into glycine and serine.
  • Phenylalanine, which stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and hormones such adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are necessary substances for optimum activity of your central and peripheral nervous systems.

So why are NatureAminos any different than other protein sources?

It all comes down to quality. The chart below illustrates the Amino Acid Utilization (AAU™) that NatureAminos offers, which is dramatically greater than dietary protein sources.

Dietary-Protein-Sources

  • At the low end of the spectrum are branched chain amino acids – only 1% of their content is utilized by the body, with 99% resulting in waste that your body must then process and eliminate.
  • Next are whey and soy proteins – only 18% or less of their content is utilized by the body with 83% leaving as waste.
  • Food like meat, fish and poultry fare just a bit better, with 32% being absorbed and 68% being wasted.
  • Eggs are the winners in the food category with 48% being utilized and 52% converted to waste.

Now…

…compare those numbers to NatureAminos – a massive 99% is put to work by the body, with only 1% leaving as waste. Not only that, but NatureAminos is absorbed by the body within 23 minutes. And there is only 0.4 of a calorie per tablet or scoop.

So how should you use your NatureAminos? Simply use the chart below for reference.

NatureAminos Usage Chart:

Men Women
Normal dosage 5-10 tablets / 1-2 scoops, 30 min before training, with or without food (preferably without; if with food, only a very light meal with no fats or proteins). 5-8 tablets / 1-1.5 scoops, 30 min before training, with or without food (preferably without; if with food, only a very light meal with no fats or proteins).
Intensive workout or strenuous activity 10 tablets / 2 scoops, 30 min before training, with food (no fats or proteins).

Then an additional 10 tablets / 2 scoops per hour during the workout and immediately after the workout.

5-8 tablets / 1-1.5 scoops, 30 min before training, with food (no fats or proteins).

Then an additional 5-8 tablets / 1-1.5 scoops per hour during the workout and immediately after the workout.

Chronic illness or immune system strengthening 10 tablets / 2 scoops, 2-3 times per day, with food (preferably wait 30 minutes before eating fats or proteins). 5-8 tablets / 1-1.5 scoops, 2-3 times per day, with food (preferably wait 30 minutes before eating fats and proteins).
Children Up to 1 tablet / 1/4 scoop for every 5 lbs. of body weight, not to exceed 30 tablets / 6 scoops daily.

Tablets can be crushed and added to smoothies, shakes, juices, applesauce, honey, etc..

Important notes:

  • Maximum daily intake should not exceed 30 tablets / 6 scoops.
  • NatureAminos should preferably be taken with fruits, vegetables or grains, but not with fats or proteins (wait at least 30 minutes before eating fats or proteins).
  • If taking 2 or more doses per day, wait at least 2 hours between dosages.

Unlike protein powder or meat, which can take hours to digest and absorb, NatureAminos is fully digested within 23 minutes from its ingestion. You will be able to feel or measure an increase in muscle endurance during exercise immediately upon beginning to use NatureAminos. Meanwhile, you will be able to measure an increase in muscle strength, combined with a shortened recovery period after physical activity within the first or second week using the suggested dosage.

Getting to sleep faster.

Building muscle mass at a rapid rate.

Consuming the equivalent of a steak without any cooking or chewing.

Getting adequate protein if you’re aging, vegan, vegetarian or in ketosis.

Strengthening and healing a beat-up body and immune system.

Staving off central nervous system fatigue during a race.

NatureAminos gives you all that and more. Enjoy the experience. 

Additional Information

Quantity

150 tablets or 30 x 6.36g scoops, 5 tablets = 1 scoop

Ingredients

NatureAminos is a proprietary blend of eight essential amino acids: L–Leucine, L–Valine, L–Isoleucine, L–Lysine Hydrochloride, L–Phenylalanine, L–Threonine, L–Methionine, L–Tryptophan; No binders, no fillers, no stearates, no coating, no dyes. Vegan sourced (plant and culture based) – Crystalline Pharmaceutical Grade – 100% Nutrition.

Q: What are NatureAminos?

NatureAminos are a dietary protein substitute that contains 8 essential amino acids in a highly purified, natural crystalline form.

Q: What are essential amino acids?

Essential Amino Acids (EAA’s) are nutrients that are indispensable for human life because they cannot be synthesized within the human body, therefore, they must be supplied through the diet.

Q: I've read there are 9 'essential' amino acids. Why did you leave out Histidine in NatureAminos?

Histidine is actually not essential. When you take NatureAminos the Histidine level in the blood will rise within 1 hour. The absolute genius of NatureAminos is that when you have the essential 8 all the others can be made as needed. Also worth noting: Arginine, sometimes also touted as an “essential” amino acid, levels will rise alongside Histidine after taking NatureAminos. When you take NatureAminos, your body has all it needs to make any and all natural proteins – that, by the way, is why it’s called NatureAminos!

Q: Are amino acids from animal or vegetable source?

Amino acids cannot be classified as either animal or vegetable. They are, simply, natural compounds.

Q: What is the daily recommended dosage of NatureAminos for an athlete to get the best results in the shortest time?

Even though individual dosage may vary according to nutritional status, age, gender, and the intensity and frequency of physical activity, the average suggested daily dosage should be: * For the professional athlete: 10 tablets of NatureAminos, 30 minutes before training, in conjunction with the daily requirement of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. And an additional 10 tablets of NatureAminos to be taken 30 minutes before the next meal (lunch or dinner).

Q: It has been said that during an athletic performance the use of NatureAminos may optimize muscle mass, strength and endurance, and may minimize the muscle recovery period after physical activity, is that true for everybody?

Yes. Whether, you are 15 or 75 years old, an amateur or a professional athlete, you will experience positive results related to your muscle mass, strength and endurance. The results may vary, of course, according to your age, gender, health status, and the intensity and frequency of your workout.

Q: Is NatureAminos a natural product?

Yes, NatureAminos is a 100% natural product.

Q: How long does it take to digest NatureAminos?

NatureAminos is digested within 23 minutes from its ingestion, compared to several hours from protein from food sources.

Q: Does NatureAminos have any drug or food interaction?

No. NatureAminos does not have any drug or food interaction. However, before taking NatureAminos or other dietary supplements consult your physician.

Q: May protein supplements be taken with NatureAminos?

No. Protein supplements should not be taken in conjunction with NatureAminos. This may prevent: a lowering of protein uptake and synthesis; an increase in nitrogen catabolites; and an overloading of digestive functions.

Q: How long do you have to use NatureAminos to be able to feel or measure positive results?

You will be able to feel or measure an increase in muscle endurance during exercise immediately upon beginning to use NatureAminos. Meanwhile, you will be able to measure an increase in muscle strength, combined with a shortened recovery period after physical activity within the first or second week using the suggested dosage.

Q: Is it normal for there to be broken tablets and powder in the bottle?

Yes, completely normal. Only pressure is used to bind the NatureAminos tablets and pure amino acid powders don’t hold together particularly well. Zero fillers, binders or coatings are used in production, which makes NatureAminos exceptionally clean and pure.

34 reviews for NatureAminos Essential Amino Acids

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Hello Ben. Can these be taken in conjunction with the qualia supplement?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Yes, absolutely

  2. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    In a 14-20hr fast (basically skipping breakfast), would you take them pre or post strength training (if done early, say 6am, then nothing to eat till after midday)? Even if lowish intensity and volume? What about insulin release? That would “break” the fast (as BCAA’s reportedly do)? And how about for easy cardio, like MAF heart rate stuff? It seems like they wouldn’t really be as beneficial here, ie save them (EAA’s) for high intensity stuff where muscle breakdown and/or delay in eating might lead to impaired muscle repair. Thoughts?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      If you're starting to work out in a fasted state you can actually maintain a higher intensity if you take 10 to 20 g of these immediately prior to the workout. If it is a workout of low intensity and low volume, I really wouldn't take anything at all. In either scenario they will indeed not break a fast as there is almost 0 insulin release. The only reason to take them during the long or easy cardio workout would be to keep yourself from cannibalizing muscle if you're wanting to maintain as much muscle as possible during aerobic exercise.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Is it ok to still take protein shakes just not at the same time or is it better to not supplement whey protein.

    • Ben Greenfield

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      That might be a little excessive…I'd do one or the other unless you're trying to build a lot of muscle.

  4. 3 out of 5

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    Are there any reports of gout attacks associated with nature aminos? Does this product contain DNA fragments?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Absolutely zero reports of gout. There are no DNA fragments or anything else except the aminos.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    Hi Ben, Love your podcast, blog and NatureAminos. I have 2 questions for you. With regards to taking these with fat. I am taking 5 NatureAminos upon waking and about ten minutes later then having a fat coffee blend ( 2 cups coffee & 1 tbsp. each of coconut oil, ghee & MCT ) before heading out for my morning run. Am I diminishing the uptake or effectiveness with the fat coffee or are the fats in there OK with NatureAminos? What would be your recommended dosage pattern for a 24 hour ultra running event?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      It is fine to have the fats added in as those will not compete with the amino acids for absorption. For an altar endurance event, I recommend 10 g per hour during the entire event and preferably an approach like this: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2015/12/how-to-g

      For more, I'd be happy to help you via a personal one-on-one consult. Just go to http://greenfieldfitnesssystems.com/product/ben-g… and then choose a 20 or 60 minute consult, whichever you'd prefer. I can schedule ASAP after you get that.

  6. 1 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I tried the powder because that is the method I’m used to when consuming BCAAs. Unfortunately the cool lime flavor was impossible for me to get down, it is extremely bitter. I tried to just gulp it down so that I don’t waste $40, but it looks like I will just get rid of it. Maybe the tablets would be a better bet next time?

  7. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    No need to swallow these like pills, folks. Just chew them up. They are slightly bitter, but wash it down with water and it really is not that bad.

  8. 4 out of 5

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    Ty for the reply earlier in the thread Ben.

    Would this also work for a Intermentent fasting between 12-16 hours while weight training occurring toward the end of the fast and the goal is muscle building?

    Is it better to fast for 12 as oppose to 16 hours for muscle building as the goal?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Yep, it keeps you in fasted state. You have to play with the time to see what is right for your body, but start with 12 hours…

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Great product! I use for my own training as well a for my clients. I would be very curious to know the quantity of each essential amino however so that I can track amount contributed to my diet each day. Any source for this?

    Thanks Ben!

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Because this is a proprietary blend of the 8 essential amino acids, we can’t disclose the exact formula. However, we can tell you that the range of amino acids in each tablet is between 4% to 19% (the lowest is Tryptophan at less than 40 mg and the highest is Leucine at less than 200 mg).

  10. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Too many additive like Malic acid, Citric acid, silica and stevia. I would have like to know that these were in the product before I purchased 5 containers of the amino powder. I don’t need a product with other additive. I can add my own vitamin c (camu camu), bamboo silica and powdered stevia from organic stevia leaves. Additionally, I don’t know what percentage of these additive make up the product.

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Per 6.36 gram scoop, there are a full 5 grams of the aminos. The remaining 1.36 grams are extremely minimal amounts of excipients that were needed in order to make the powder dissolve better, and to make it taste half-way decent. As you probably know, the taste of the raw aminos are disgusting, so other natural ingredients were needed in order to make it a drink powder. Many people choose the tablets, to get the amino acids without any excipients at all, so that would be an option. But again, there are very minute amounts of the excipients in the powder, and they are all natural…

  11. 5 out of 5

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    Can the powder be taken pre/intra workout? Like to consume as workout is going on? And always forfeit to consume pre workout within allotted time period.

    Thank you.

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Yes, it can be, and many people use it that way. However, remember that during a workout, your body is primarily breaking down muscles (proteins), so these essential amino acids are not going to be put to work as much as during recovery (such as when you are sleeping), etc.

  12. 1 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I just tried this for the first time. The smell of the powder is really terrible, I even wondered is it possible for the powder to spoil? I took one sip after mixing in water and couldn’t bear the taste. Did I get a bad batch or is this terrible taste and smell to be expected?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      The powder can't spoil, no, but we have an all-new (still organic) flavor that is 10X better than before. So I would suggest trying one more batch before you give it up because I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

  13. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I purchased the Amino powder from your site. How long can I eat normal food after taking my post amino workout drink ?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Hi June, Nature Aminos (powder or tablets) can be taken with food (fruits, veggies, starches, etc), just preferably not with other protein (meat, beans, eggs, etc.) or fats. If you take the aminos, you only have to wait 23 minutes and then you can eat protein & fat. And, if you already ate protein or fat, it is best to wait an hour or two before taking the aminos. HOWEVER (and this is important): It is more important to take the aminos every day, as a habit or normal routine, than it is to worry about taking with food. What that means is, if you happen to mess-up and take them too close together, don’t worry about it!! It is not harmful in any way. All it does is reduce the utilization a bit. But it would be way worse to allow this to interrupt your routine, and then you end up falling out of the habit and stop taking it all together. Know what I mean?

  14. 5 out of 5

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    How much Tryptophan is in this product? It is possible to have a seritonin crash when stopping usage?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      There is less than 40mg of Tryptophan in each tablet. There wouldn’t be any serotonin crash.

  15. 5 out of 5

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    Can you provide the studies on its effect on chronic back pain? Compressed vertebrae?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      The idea is that low neurotransmitter and amino acid pool limits muscle recovery and muscle tone. But for compressed vertebra, I'd be doing more. Check this out: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2016/07/what-is-

  16. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Hi Ben,

    I been ketogenic for 2 years and Im reducing my animal products, so I wanna make sure I get my daily protein intake.

    Is there a ratio of NATURE AMINO and PROTEIN so I can make sure I get my 90g of Protein?

    Im 6,2 and 209

    The product is incredible good!

    mz

  17. 3 out of 5

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    How can BCAAs only be “utilized 99%”?

  18. 4 out of 5

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    How would you suggest using this supplement if the goal is for bodybuilding/strength and workouts are done early in the morning? If high volume weight lifting is done on an empty stomach with only this supplement would a catabolic state happen?

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Hey Carlos,

      Take 10g before, then for any workouts longer than an hour 10g during. If you want a huge anabolic effect, take 10 post workout too, but pre and during best.

  19. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have been taking these for 3 weeks now and definitely notice the difference after a hard work out; I am NOT sore. I even got my husband on them too and he also noticed the difference in soreness. His soreness has been something he has been talking about since e he has been working out harder and with each additional year in his age. 🙂 Thanks Ben for making this awesome amino acid supplement!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Hey Ben,

    Question about mixing products. In both your blog about “What to eat before, during and after workouts…” and your youtube showing how you blend your own fuel for racing, you mix MCT, UCAN and EAAs. Im a bit confused because the above dosage instructions for NatureAminos states not to take with fats, to wait 25 minutes after taking EAAs. If MCT is in the blended mix there obviously cant be a wait period.

    What am I missing here?

    Thanks

  21. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The increase in my exercise endurance was hard to believe! I had never taken an amino acid supplement previously because I was skeptical. I am glad that I gave these amino acid tablets a try. Later on I mentioned to my doctor that I was exercising a lot more and had sore muscles and tiredness. I worried that I might be “overtraining.” My doctor wondered otherwise, and he ordered a vitamin D blood test, which came back low despite my taking a vitamin pill with 500% of what the government recommends for vitamin D intake. I read that vitamin D deficiency is very common, and therefore perhaps you should mention that others should request a vitamin D test if experiencing “overtraining” type symptoms. I see that there is a medical study that suggests that vitamin D might improve athletic performance (Nutrients. 2013 Apr 17;5(4):1253-75).

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Hi Ben,
    Does your product contain other ingredients such as Stevia? I purchased a bottle of PerfectAmino and started getting violently ill after never having a problem with MAP in the past. I can only correlate it to a problem with stevia and chicory root.
    Thanks!

  23. 5 out of 5

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    Following this type of training routine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26741119/
    How would you suggest I supplement with Nature Aminos? I would like to take them post HIT workout at night but I also want to eat a meal with protein and fat.

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Take them PRE workout at a dosage of 10g! (10 tablets)

  24. 4 out of 5

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    I read an article saying that this product also helps with carb cravings. Is that true? If not, anything you’d recommend?

    Thanks!

  25. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Ben, would you consider NatureAminos are a replacement for BCAAs?

  26. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Hi again! I ordered these and I notice a BIG difference with my endurance and how long I’m able to continue to train! I’ve read that it is BEST to accompany EAA with a carb to maximize muscle growth. If trying to maintain ketosis, which carbs do you recommend? Something like broccoli? Boiled egg?

    Thanks!

  27. 5 out of 5

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    Do you absolutely have to take with before an intense workout? I would like to continue exercising in the morning in a fasted state for optimal fat burn. Will it make you feel sick?

    Thanks!

    • Ben Greenfield

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      NatureAminos don't break your fast. So you can take them. And no they shouldn't make you feel sick.

  28. 5 out of 5

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    Absolutely awesome podcast ! Great questions as well, and ones I’ve had myself. My guess to the last one is yes because those powders breakdown to amino acids before reforming into muscle. So the follow on would be why protein at all and not just amino acids ?

    • Ben Greenfield

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    • Ben Greenfield

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      Here's a response from Dr Minkoff: The key is the fact that these are the essential aminos. Protein is made of 22 amino acids, of which the body can produce 14 on its own. The other 8 must be consumed from an outside source, and when taken in the right ratios, the body can then make all the protein it needs. So you are correct that you can just take the amino acids and not added protein powders and such, which are much less utilized by the body. ONE COULD LIVE ON 10 TABLETS OF PERFECT AMINO AND NO OTHER PROTEIN AND DO VERY WELL.

  29. 5 out of 5

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    I’ve heard to put on 1lb of muscle mass you need to consume an additional 10-14g of protein/day. Would the NatureAminos work in the same way as a regular protein powder (like Deep30) for putting on mass?

  30. 4 out of 5

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    Ben, is there a difference between your Nature Aminos and the Master Amino Pattern (MAP)? They seem very similar in dosage, price, contents, etc.

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Same product, just private labelled so GFS can be a one stop shop

  31. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I’m always really skeptical when it comes to pre-workout supplements, as I think a lot of the “effect” is often placebo. So I’m always trying things looking for them to fail to live up to their hype. The Nature Aminos, though, definitely live up to their hype. I take five capsules 30 minutes before I start a 45-minute kettle bell workout, and five more right after my warmup before the lifting begins and I can definitely tell a difference from when I didn’t use them. There is no flushing, no rush, no stimulant-based jitters or anything like that, but they definitely carry you through and allow you to still get your butt kicked but without bonking. After my first bottle I signed up for the subscription and I couldn’t be happier with their performance.

  32. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This must be a supplement my body needs, because my workouts are *always* punchier when I take these prior to the workout. But Ben, can you please discuss the difference between this supplement and the Exos amino powders that you sell?

    Thanks!

    • Ben Greenfield

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      Only real difference is delivery mechanism: tablet vs. powder! I use both personally.

  33. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Great before my workout AND after!

  34. 2 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Too rough to swallow and I have other pills similar and same size that I can swallow

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