Anyone who has found old food in their fridge knows how important it is to properly keep or store the things we eat. By failing to do so, we face the possibility of allowing those same substances that nourish us to become dangerous, or even deadly. Many of those same concerns apply to supplements as well, though the stakes tend to be much lower when dealing with vitamins, amino acids, or any of the other ingredients used in amino acid supplements like those from aminoVITAL®. Still, it’s important to keep in mind whether it’s possible for these products to go bad and how best to keep/store amino acid supplements. To learn more, keep reading as the people at aminoVITAL® discuss this topic.
Can Amino Acid Supplements Go Bad?
One of the main concerns regarding anything we ingest – whether it’s a food, drink, or supplement – is whether it can go bad and, if so, how long that process might take. Many foods and beverages we eat and drink on a daily basis can only be consumed for a week or two after we buy them, but amino acid supplements work on a different timetable.
For the most part, vitamins, amino acids, and other types of supplements don’t really go bad; instead, they simply lose some of their effectiveness as time goes on. Some supplement manufacturers post expiration dates on their products, but unlike with milk or bread, there is typically little harm in taking them after this date. In general, amino acid supplements should still be safe for consumption up to two years after they are purchased, but they probably won’t work as well at that point.
How to Store Amino Acids
To limit the breakdown of your amino acid supplements, store them in their original packaging and keep them in a cool, dry location. Many people prefer to keep their vitamins and supplements in their kitchen or bathroom for easy access, but this would be a mistake; the heat and humidity in these rooms could actually speed up the degradation of amino acid-based products and cause them to lose their potency at a faster-than-normal rate. Consider keeping your supplements in a closet or bedroom drawer, away from any variations in temperature or moisture, for optimal performance and efficacy upon use.
How to Use Amino Acid Supplements
Now that you know how to store your amino acids, let’s cover how you can put them to use. Amino acid supplements are flexible products that can be used at every phase of an exercise routine, whether you need a pre-workout energy boost, a mid-workout hydration supplement, or the resources to power a strong post-workout recovery. Below, we’ll discuss how amino acids help address these needs and others.
Using Pre-Working Amino Acid Supplements
When someone uses a pre-workout supplement, it’s generally with the intention of boosting their energy – an objective typically achieved through caffeine. This stimulant is often effective at providing energy but comes with jitters and an inevitable crash within a few hours; amino acid supplements don’t have these drawbacks. Because amino acid supplements from aminoVITAL® use BCAAs – a type of amino acid – instead of caffeine, they are able to impart a steady source of energy without a jolt or jitters, so you can focus on your workout without having to deal with unpleasant side effects.
Using Amino Acid Supplements Mid-Workout
Sometimes, a long run or weightlifting routine requires an extra dose of fuel or hydration partway through; this is where intra-workout amino acid supplements come in. The BCAAs in our Action product provide extra energy along with electrolytes to balance hydration. The amino acids we use have another advantage as well: By limiting the uptake of tryptophan into the brain, BCAAs help fight fatigue during exercise, so you can stay sharp in the middle of the action. As an added bonus, these amino acids will kick-start the body’s recovery processes before you’ve even finished exercising, streamlining recovery and improving gains.
Using Post-Workout Amino Acid Supplements
Fitness fanatics know that supplementation is arguably most important right after you finish exercising. This is the window in which the body is working hardest to repair damaged muscle and create new tissues, so it’s the perfect time to consume the resources your body will need to do those things. Studies have shown that BCAAs, especially the amino acid leucine, can increase the rate of muscle protein synthesis1 and reduce exercise-related damage. The Rapid Recovery post-workout mix from aminoVITAL® also includes a small dose of carbohydrates to replenish the stores of glycogen – a readily available form of energy used during exercise – in the muscles, so you’ll be ready to hit the gym again in no time.
Lean, Efficient Amino Acid Supplements Available Today from aminoVITAL®
There are many avenues by which amino acid supplements provide benefits to users. In addition to the effects discussed above, amino acids offer a number of other advantages over conventional protein-based products. For one thing, amino acids kick in much more quickly than popular supplements like whey, thanks to the fact that they require far less digestion. Amino acid supplements from aminoVITAL® are also much leaner than many common protein-based products; our Action mid-workout mix, for example, contains only 15 calories and no sugar at all, while conventional protein shakes and powders can have well over a hundred calories per scoop and significant amounts of sugar. To learn more about our lean, effective amino acid supplements, visit aminoVITAL® online or call (888) 264-6673 today.