Why would you not take Vegan Essential Aminos? These amino acids are exactly the same, they are just made more ethically with more transparency and they are cleaner. Initially, ATP Science saw a problem in the types of protein, amino acid requirement and the amino acids available for those choosing to live a vegan lifestyle. This is especially true in those that also train hard and are eating for sporting performance or for body shaping and physique goals.
Whilst trying to find a solution to the problem within the vegan community, they discovered that the existing amino acid industry may have its own problems that the vegans can fix. The learning experience went both ways and the final product was inspired by vegan requirements, the vegan code of ethics and environmental ideals, but the end result is something we can all use and benefit from. The amino acids themselves are exactly the same. It is just the starting material and other steps that vary between the vegan aminos and non-vegan aminos.
Amino Acid Requirements for Vegans
Everyone, yes, all humans require the 9 essential amino acids. These are; histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. We cannot convert or synthesize these on our own, they must come from our diet. Vegans are rarely deficient in total dietary protein. Animal meat protein foods yield on average 20-30% protein; where the plant sources are about 10-30% protein so not a huge difference in total protein content. But the amino acid profile can be very different.
Exclusively plant-based diets supply a different amino acid profile to those who consume animal protein (meat and dairy) as well. In the plant proteins there is less of the anabolic amino acids such as leucine (which makes up 50% of what we call BCAA (branched chain amino acids), the dietary vegan sources of hydroxyproline are almost impossible to find and eat, lack of methionine, inadequate lysine and histidine for anyone doing any extra exercise.
Deficiency of Hydroxyproline in Vegan diet
Hydroxyproline is used to make collagen in our bodies. Plants do not contain collagen and hydroxyproline is almost totally absent in a plant-based vegan diet. Hydroxyproline can be made from Proline and Vitamin C making it technically not essential, but there is a relatively low intake of proline in most vegan diets. There simply just aren’t adequate doses of Proline and Hydroxyproline available in plants and those that do contain it have such a low yield you would have to be eating it by the truckload.
If you do not have adequate Hydroxyproline you cannot build and maintain collagen. If you are training, aging, inflamed or on a campaign to be better then you need adequate collagen to support;
So, there can be a massive deficit in the hydroxyproline availability in the plant-based protein group. This increased demand for hydroxyproline will also deplete proline and vitamin C stores leaving them deficient for other functions.
If inadequate resources to do all of the collagen functions; the first thing to be sacrificed is the collagen regeneration associated with reproduction and healthy menstruation, dermal collagen (cellulite, wrinkles, stretch marks), gut wall and oral mucosa (gums), bone and skeletal muscle.
The amino acid profile of collagen is unique.
Within collagen you typically find 3 x the amount of glycine and proline compared to all other animal and vegetable proteins; however, the most remarkable difference and unique trait is the hydroxyproline that is almost exclusively found as a part of collagen in animals. Collagen is made like a spiral or a compact helix that allows for cushioning, stretch and snap-back elasticity; the Hydroxyproline makes the sharp twisting in the structure to form the spiral helix structure. Without it, collagen loses its elasticity and bounce. The hydroxyproline of collagen explains why other proteins do not have any direct effect on collagen production. Only collagen due to the hydroxyproline content can directly feed hydroxyproline back into collagen.
Hydroxyproline is made specifically for inclusion into collagen. Ensuring adequate hydroxyproline will allow proline and vitamin C to maintain ideal levels and not be depleted. The rate-limiting step for collagen synthesis is nutrient availability and in particular hydroxyproline. Hydroxyproline has excellent bioavailability, absorbed intact as hydroxyproline and delivered to collagen peaking at 1-hour post ingestion.
What is Astrigin® and why did we add it?
Astragin® is a combination of ginseng and astragalus, it aids the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients. It is a modern innovation that follows some ancient traditions.
AstraGin® has shown in over a dozen in-vitro studies to improve the absorption of amino acids, peptides, fatty acids, folate, glucosamine and other nutrients in Caco-2 cell, the gold standard used by drug companies to study the absorption of new drugs.