Pure Amino Power:
Build muscle effectively and recover faster

How to maximise your training success with the 8 essential amino acids

Build muscle effectively and recover faster. With the 8 essential amino acids you can take your training success to a new level!

Find out how these powerful substances can help you build muscle and recover faster from intense workouts and training sessions. Let’s dive into the world of amino acids and discover how they can help you achieve your fitness goals. Get ready for a journey full of energy and strength!

AminosƤuren beim Sport

Why you need to know the role of muscle protein synthesis

Have you ever wondered what proteins can do for your body? They are true all-rounders and play a crucial role in maintaining and building your muscle mass. In order for your body to function optimally, new proteins must be constantly produced in your cells. This process, called protein biosynthesis, affects every single part of your body.

Muscle protein synthesis, on the other hand, focuses exclusively on building muscle proteins. In essence, it is the blueprint for your muscles. So how does it all work? Proteins are made up of amino acids that are linked together to form peptides and proteins. Of the many amino acids that exist, only 20 different ones (proteinogenic amino acids) are used to make the body’s own protein and therefore build muscle.

If you want to build muscle mass and strengthen your body, an adequate intake of protein is the ideal building material to turn thin, flabby spaghetti arms into well defined and strong arms. However, it is important to note that nothing works without an adequate intake of amino acids ā€“ especially essential amino acids (EAA). So it makes sense to take a closer look at them and, in particular, to familiarise yourself with those that are particularly important to you as an athlete.

Discover the difference: Essential Amino Acids vs. Semi-Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids

Essential amino acids (EAA) are essential for life and cannot be produced by the body. They must therefore be obtained either from the diet or from supplements such as MAPĀ®. If even one of these vital amino acids is missing in a particularly important area, such as the organ tissues of the heart, liver or others, the body will try to obtain them from the existing muscles, which can lead to a reduction in muscle mass and damage to the body’s own tissues. This tissue breakdown puts the body into a catabolic state. Athletes in particular have an increased need for amino acids – their requirements can quickly triple ā€“ so they need to pay particular attention to their amino acid balance to ensure muscle maintenance and growth.

On the other hand, there are amino acids that are considered non-essential or semi-essential and are produced by the body. However, our body also needs the 8 essential amino acids from MAPĀ® as basic building blocks from which it can then produce all the non-essential or semi-essential amino acids. So when we are under increased stress, growing or involved in intense physical activity, we always have an increased need for amino acids.

Key factors for your sporting success!

The eight essential amino acids, or EAAs, are found in both animal and plant foods. They play an important role in the development and regeneration of muscle cells, as they also serve as building blocks for other amino acids.

However, the amount of protein in different foods varies considerably. But that’s only half the story! What is often overlooked is the Net Amino Acid Utilisation (NAV) of a food. This value indicates how many amino acids from the digestible portion of dietary protein are actually available for anabolic metabolism after passing through the small intestine and entering the bloodstream. Only this anabolic portion can actually be used for protein synthesis and thus for cell and muscle growth or repair of cells, tissues and muscles!

In principle, the protein salary can also be compared to a monthly salary. A high gross salary may be great, but at the end of the day it’s the net amount we receive – after taxes and social security contributions – that counts. Only with this amount can we effectively cover our living expenses, be it for rent, food, etc.

A low NAV therefore means that only a small proportion of the protein we eat can be used to build our bodies. Instead, more metabolic or nitrogenous waste (SA) is produced via catabolic metabolism, which has to be excreted by the body, putting a strain on the liver and kidneys. In short, the higher the NAV of a food, the better for your cell and muscle building and the lower the burden of nitrogen waste.

The breakdown of amino acids also releases energy, in the form of glucose, for example, by breaking down the carbon backbone that is a molecular component of each amino acid. A low NAV therefore means a low energy content and vice versa. The lower the NAV, the less cell or muscle building occurs and the more nitrogenous waste and glucose are produced.

What some examples?

Meat, poultry, fish and eggs have an average NAV of 32% and an average SA of 68%. Soy, whey, casein and egg white, on the other hand, have an average NAV of only 17% and an average nitrogenous waste of 83%.

And MAPĀ®?

Here you get over 99% NAV and less than 1% SA.
This means that your body can use over 99% of the amino acids for protein synthesis and MAPĀ® is almost completely converted into your body’s own protein! The highlight is that MAPĀ® has only 1.2 kilocalories per 30 pellets ā€“ an unbeatable advantage over any food, especially for athletes who ‘run’ in the many times more efficient fat metabolism and use ketones and not glucose as an energy source, or for people who want to lose fat tissue. Especially when you consider that you would have to eat around 1.3kg of beef fillet to achieve the same NAVā€¦

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But what about the essential amino acids in detail? Which essential amino acids have which specific role in the production of other amino acids, and which are particularly relevant to sports activities and help you progress?

  1. Lysine
    Lysine plays an important role in the production of collagen, making it essential for strong bones, tissue repair, and hormonal and immune function.
  2. Methionine
    Methionine is responsible for energy production and detoxification, and also supports the formation of antibodies, proteins and the ‘fat burner’ carnitine.
  3. Phenylalanine
    Phenylalanine is used to produce neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine, and therefore affects our mood and nerves.
  4. Threonine
    Threonine plays an important role in the formation and regeneration of bones, is involved in fat metabolism and promotes the formation of collagen.
  5. Tryptophan
    As a precursor to serotonin, tryptophan affects our appetite, sleep and mood, which in turn affects regeneration. It is also necessary for protein production and nitrogen balance.

In addition to these essential amino acids, the following three EAAs are of particular interest to athletes, as they are considered to be highly performance enhancing. They belong to the group of so-called BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) and are regarded as reliable building blocks for building and maintaining muscle. For this reason, these EAAs / BCAAs are often an integral part of many nutritional supplements for athletes:

  1. Isoleucine
    Isoleucine is present in large quantities in muscle tissue and plays a crucial role in muscle growth and regeneration. It can therefore protect against muscle breakdown and strengthen the immune system. It can also support the oxygen supply by participating in haemoglobin synthesis. Athletes who train using the sugar metabolism (as opposed to the more effective fat metabolism) can also use isoleucine as a source of energy after intensive physical training when glucose reserves are depleted.
  2. Leucine
    Leucine is often referred to as the ā€˜muscle amino acidā€™ and is not only involved in muscle building, but also plays an important role in cell growth and the production of haemoglobin, insulin and antibodies. It also helps to improve the body’s wound healing process.
  3. Valine
    Valine is of particular interest to athletes as it plays an important role in protein synthesis by promoting muscle growth and repairing tissue. It helps to provide energy for the muscles as it supports the hormone production of glucagon, which is responsible for the release of glycogen from the liver and the formation of sugar from food.

Good to know!
L- or D- in front of amino acids: whatā€™s really behind them?

If you have been studying amino acids and protein products, you have probably come across the letters ‘L-‘ or ‘D-‘ in front of amino acids. These additions stand for the two different symmetrical biochemical forms of proteinogenic amino acids, the L- and the D- structure. However, only the L-structure is relevant to the body. Therefore, when taking additional amino acids, e.g. through food supplements, it is important to ensure that the amino acid is an L- and not a D- or DL- (mixed) amino acid.

In MAPĀ® you will find only L-amino acids in 100% highly pure, free and crystalline form, free from any additives.

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Maximise your training:
Top 5 Amino Acid Tips for Athletes

Basically, individual protein requirements vary from person to person. The amount of semi-essential and non-essential amino acids that the body produces or needs to absorb as EAA depends on a number of factors. Your body needs different amounts of amino acids depending on your age and physical and mental condition. As mentioned above, athletes in particular need significantly more amino acids. However, in addition to the points already mentioned, the exact amount also depends on your diet (e.g. keto or vegan), the type of sport, the training or competition phase, etc. It is therefore not possible to make a general statement about the exact amount. However, with our MAPĀ® calculator we can help you quickly and easily calculate your individual MAPĀ® requirement. We can also give you lots of tips on when to take MAPĀ® to achieve great results in muscle building, endurance and a toned body.

Tip 1: Consume BEFORE training

To maximise the effect of your workout, it is advisable to take MAPĀ® approximately 30 minutes before exercise. Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) are rapidly absorbed and are therefore readily available for muscle protein synthesis. MAPĀ®, for example, already contains the basic building blocks, does not need to be digested, is ready for absorption into the blood after just 23 minutes and is extremely effective with a utilisation rate of over 99%. The essential amino acids supplied can therefore directly help your body to build muscle and/or increase your endurance during training.

Tip 2: Consume AFTER training

As soon as you finish your workout, important muscle building and recovery processes begin in your body, and amino acids are the best way to support them. The important thing to remember is that the more intense your training or exercise, the more important it is to supply your body with amino acids afterwards. This is because your metabolism is working at full speed after training and can use the amino acids effectively to store protein in muscle cells faster and better, and to speed up recovery. This is important because amino acids can help repair the micro tears in your muscles caused by training. As a result, your body recovers faster and you can get back to training with renewed energy.

Recommended daily amount of MAPĀ® for athletes on training or competition days, depending on the load:

  • Athletes & Bodybuilders:
    max. 10 MAPĀ® (23 minutes BEFORE training)
    if necessary 10 MAPĀ® AFTER training for recovery
    For a total of 20 MAPĀ® daily (in 2 portions)
  • Recreational/basic athletes:
    min. 5 MAPĀ® (23 minutes BEFORE training)
    if necessary 5 MAPĀ® AFTER training for recovery
    For a total of 10ā€“15 MAPĀ® daily (in 2 portions)
  • High-performance athletes:
    max. 10 MAPĀ® BEFORE training, another 10 MAPĀ® every 3 hours or AFTER training.
    For a total of 20ā€“30 MAPĀ® daily (in 2ā€“3 portions)
  • Extreme athletes:
    max. 10 MAPĀ® BEFORE training, another 10 MAPĀ® every 3 hours or AFTER training
    For a total of up to 50 MAPĀ® per day (in 5 portions)

You can use our MAPĀ® calculator to quickly and easily work out your individual requirements.

Tip 3: Eat the right food

As an athlete, you know the importance of a balanced diet that is tailored to your training. In competitive sports in particular, poor nutrition can quickly lead to a drop in performance. We recommend a varied diet rich in fibre and vital nutrients, made up of fresh, high-quality foods. Avoid industrially processed foods with additives and hidden sugars. Quality food instead of fast food. Not only will this make eating more enjoyable, but it will also provide your body with the important micronutrients it needs. Proteins alone are not enough for a healthy and efficient body ā€“ even though they are the most important of all nutrients and are known as the ‘building blocks of life’.

We generally recommend a diet that is high in protein and fat, low in carbohydrates and free of simple sugars. A ketogenic diet, also known as the Stone Age diet, is best suited to human metabolic physiology. This diet supports energy production from fat metabolism using ketones as an energy source. Ketones are also used to supply energy to the brain when the body is adapted to physiological fat metabolism, which is much more efficient than energy production by burning carbohydrates: One gram of fat provides 9 kcal, while one gram of carbohydrate has a calorific value of 4 kcal. The average person has a ‘fat tank’ of about 100,000 kcal, but only 2,000 kcal of energy stored in carbohydrates (glycogen). This is why endurance athletes in sugar mode need to constantly refuel, whereas an athlete in fat mode can run for days without eating. One mole of fat provides much more ATP (about 130 ATP) than one mole of carbohydrate (37 ATP). This means that fat metabolism is 3.5 times more efficient for athletes and is also much healthier as it produces hardly any ‘waste gases’.

If you are on a carnivorous or ketogenic diet, or if you eat animal proteins such as fish, meat or eggs, the above recommendation to supplement with MAPĀ® is right for you. However, please do not consume other inferior sports proteins such as soy, whey or casein, which are more likely to damage the organs that break them down. Only Animal Dietary Proteins & MAPĀ®!

However, if you are avoiding animal protein in your diet or living a vegan lifestyle, we strongly recommend that you take 5-10 extra servings of MAPĀ® to compensate. This will ensure that your body gets the essential amino acids it needs without producing animal protein or nitrogenous waste.

Tip 4: The type of aminos you eat

As mentioned above, many athletes ā€“ especially those involved in weight training – place great emphasis on the intake of BCAAs in the form of isoleucine, leucine and valine. This is understandable, but unfortunately too one-sided. As already explained, the body also needs the other essential amino acids for optimal training, but also for its entire metabolism and all other processes in the organism. If these are missing, this will have a negative effect on your muscle building/maintenance and recovery. This is because, as mentioned above, in an emergency your body will rely on your muscle mass and you will be acting counterproductively.

The quality of the EAAs you take is also very important. This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff, given the large number of protein shakes, protein powders, capsules or amino supplements available. Not only is it crucial that the product is free from additives such as sugar, binders or fillers, but the ratio of essential amino acids to each other is also extremely important!

This ratio of EAAs to each other is also known as the ‘master pattern’ or amino acid profile, and is different in humans from that of animals, for example. Only when all eight essential amino acids are present at the same time and in exactly the right proportions can your body build its own protein without metabolic waste. This is where most amino acid products fall short! The result: the nutritional value of the protein, or more precisely the Net Amino Acid Utilisation (NAV), is relatively low, while the Nitrogen Excretion (SA) is high!

Our solution: MAPĀ® with the exact human amino acid profile. You get exactly the composition your body needs, quickly and without further conversion processes, with the great result that you can make the most of the amino acids quickly!

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Tip 5: The quality of your amino acids

The market for amino acid products is almost endless and certainly not easy to navigate. However, there are certain criteria that you can look for to help you choose a product. Firstly, a protein product should contain no additives and should completely avoid sugar, binders and fillers. We also recommend supplements that are GMO-free, allergen-free and therefore well tolerated. As an athlete, it is especially important that the product is naturally free of any doping substances!

But that’s not all: an amino acid product should be in free and crystalline form and never contain hydrolysed amino acids! This makes a significant difference in quality, which is also reflected in the price. For example, the free and crystalline amino acids in MAPĀ® are six times more potent than hydrolysed amino acids from soy, whey or casein, which until a few decades ago were considered unsuitable for human consumption and were added to pig feed. Unlike hydrolysed amino acids from casein, the free and crystalline amino acids in MAPĀ® are obtained by fermentation. This ensures the homogeneity of the amino acids! Even if you remove only 10mg from a 1g tablet, the proportions of EAAs are maintained due to the high homogeneity. This requires a much more sophisticated manufacturing process than the so-called ‘good night protein’ casein, which is often found in hydrolysed form in cheap protein powders, protein shakes or capsules. Hydrolysed amino acids from soy, casein, whey or cereals are not pure enough to crystallise freely. They can only be pressed into tablets using binders or excipients such as starches, stearates, cellulose or dextrins. Low-quality amino acids are therefore characterised either by their tablet form, which contains binders, or by their presentation as protein powder, protein shake or capsules.

With MAPĀ® you get exactly this free and crystalline form and, in addition to the extremely high NAV value, your liver and kidneys are hardly burdened ā€“ unlike with casein, whey or soya protein.

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If you follow these five tips, you will quickly achieve great results and take your training to a new level.
With MAPĀ® at your side, not only will you be doing something good for your muscles, tissues and recovery, but your whole body will benefit. From your nerve cells to your gut to your cardiovascular system. Essential amino acids are the building blocks of life!