Essential Amino Acids (or EAAs for short) are a combination of nine different essential amino acids, which the body cannot produce on its own and need to be taken in from food/supplementation. They include leucine, isoleucine, valine, histidine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, and tryptophan.


Amino acids are the building blocks of protein; they are crucial in the synthesis of muscle growth and prevention of muscle catabolism as well as mental health.


Most types of meat, fish, eggs and some plant sources like quinoa and chia seeds are all considered complete proteins, because they contain all nine essential amino acids your body needs.


Branched-Chain Amino Acids (or BCAA’s) are amino acids that help muscle growth and recovery in several ways. Many studies have shown they may increase nitrogen levels in your muscles, which allows you to work out without losing lean muscle tissue later. They can also help sustain muscle glycogen stores. This means that during your workout, you’ll get more fuel to lift more weight and carry out more reps.


If everyone’s diet in an ideal world was high in rich proteins we probably wouldn’t need to supplement EAAs or BCAAs but we all know in most cases this isn’t possible or sustainable.


This is were a good quality BCAAs & EAAs supplement comes into play:

Supplementing with EAAs is proven to trigger the mTor protein which induces Muscle Protein Synthesis. This in turn helps keep our body’s in a positive nitrogen balance which is an ideal environment for muscle recovery & repair. For any athlete or person serious about their training & performance this is the ideal state for the body to recover and progress.


NXT have created Nuclear MPS which is highly dosed in EAAs with added minerals to assist the uptake and absorption rate into the system.


Personally, I use 2 scoops NXT MPS sipped throughout the day with litres of water & 2 scoops intra workout stacked with NXT amino fuel which is rich in BCAAs.


Supplementing BCAAs & EAAs if diet is on point may not be essential but to get that extra edge on performance & recovery, I believe it’s a good addition to any athletes diet & supplement stack.


If you’re looking for a high quality BCAA or EAA supplement give NXTs Amino Fuel & Nuclear MPS a try. Both great products which taste even better! 

Brian Ward