BAM® Energy Sticks
Natural Strawberry Flavor
Product Code: 00168 Packets per Jar: 30
Each 7 g serving contains:
Vitamin B-6 (as 13 mg Pyridoxal 5’ Phosphate)
Chromium (as Chromium Niacinate)
L-Histidine HCl, L-Leucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Lysine HCl, L-Arginine HCI, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Alanine, L-Glutamine, L-Methionine, L-Threonine
Other ingredients: strawberry whole fruit powder, natural flavors, monk fruit extract.
Description: Balanced Amino Maintenance is a free-form amino acid formula that contains many of the essential amino acids in ratios commonly found in nature. Because these amino acids are in their free form, they can be readily absorbed and utilized by the body. With these precursors, the body can make all other amino acids. Chromium niacinate and vitamin B-6 (in the form of pyridoxal 5’ phosphate) are included for optimal utilization. BAM® is an excellent adjunct for the support of normal energy and neuro-cognitive function. BAM® Energy Sticks come in natural strawberry flavor. We also offer BAM® in a capsule. *
Uses: Amino acids (AAs) are the building blocks of life. We know that protein is a crucial part of the human diet, because our bodies break it down into the individual AAs and rebuild them into whatever proteins need to be made (i.e. hormones, new cells, neurotransmitters, etc.). Unfortunately, the type of amino acids in our dietary proteins are not always named or made clear, and amino acids do compete for absorption in the gut. If our bodies do not have the correct type or abundance of certain AA building blocks, the needed proteins cannot be made, at the expense of the individual’s health.
There are 20 amino acids, 9 of which are classified as “essential”, as they cannot be synthesized by the body so must be ingested as part of the diet. The 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) are histidine, isoleucine, lysine, leucine, phenylalanine, methionine, tryptophan, threonine, and valine. Our BAM energy sticks contain 8 of the 9 EAAs, except tryptophan. Although tryptophan is absolutely essential for the body, its effects are associated with sleep and fatigue, not increased energy and endurance.
Histidine is a precursor for histamine, a critical neurotransmitter for immune response, digestion, sexual function and sleep-wake cycles. It is also responsible for maintaining the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells. Isoleucine is involved in muscle metabolism and is heavily concentrated in muscle tissue. It also plays crucial roles in the immune system, healthy production of red blood cells, and energy regulation. Lysine plays major roles in protein synthesis, hormone and enzyme production and the absorption of calcium. It is also important for energy production, immune function and supports the aging and healing processes through production of collagen and elastin. Leucine is critical for protein synthesis and muscle repair. It helps in the regulation of blood sugar, stimulates wound healing, and contributes to the production of growth hormones. Phenylalanine is a precursor for tyrosine, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are all neurotransmitters necessary for focus and clarity. Methionine plays an important role in metabolism and detoxification. It is requisite for tissue growth as well as for the absorption of zinc and selenium. Threonine makes up a significant portion of structural proteins such as collagen and elastin, which are important components of the skin and connective tissue, again supporting healing and gentle aging. It also plays a role in fat metabolism and immune function. Valine helps to stimulate muscle growth and regeneration and is also involved in energy production.
Glutamine and arginine are classified as “conditionally essential”. Even though the body can synthesize these AAs, certain stress situations (i.e. disease, rigorous exercise, surgery, etc.) can halt or slow production severely. Arginine is essential in children but can be synthesized in adult humans through the urea cycle and is necessary for healthy detoxification. It aids in the relaxation of blood vessels, and so may aid in cardiovascular health when adequately abundant in the body. In addition, arginine supplementation has been shown to provide immune support. Glutamine makes up the majority of skeletal muscle and is also critical for proper gut function and digestion. Alanine is also not an essential AA but is one of the most in-demand AAs, as it plays roles in immunity, providing energy to muscle tissue, and supports the brain and central nervous system.
Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are known as Branched-chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). The have a specialized shaped that allows them to be used in ways that other AAs cannot. When BCAA levels in the body are low, more tryptophan is metabolized, a process commonly associated with feelings of mental and physical fatigue. This is great for bedtime, but if you are looking for exercise endurance and mental focus for a workout, consuming BCAAs can help ward off the tryptophan overload. Amino acid supplements can support short term memory and processing abilities, while also protecting your muscle fibers from suffering too much damage. Leucine, in particular, has been shown to regulate and improve muscle protein synthesis after exercise. As EAAs are the limiting factor in the synthesis of new proteins, the balance between synthesis and degradation of human muscle is dependent on EAA availability.
Although popular among athletes, AA supplements are not just for those in training. Loss of muscle mass and impaired immune function can be a product of protein undernourishment; a risk that is especially high for individuals consuming vegetarian or vegan diets. Prolonged bed rest due to disease or injury can also lead to loss of muscle mass. In these cases, regular EAA intake can be effective in preventing or even reversing muscular catabolism and restoring immune function by providing the body with missing building blocks. AA supplementation may also support healthy weight management by promoting use of stored fat for energy while building and maintaining skeletal muscle.
Source Materials: All amino acids in BAM® are made by fermentation of corn or cane sugar except L-methionine which is synthetic. Pyridoxal 5’ phosphate is synthetic. Chromium is a mined mineral and niacin is synthetic. Cellulose for capsules is derived from softwood tree pulp. All ingredients are vegan and non-GMO.
Allergens: According to information provided by our suppliers, these capsules are free of the eight major allergens as identified by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA): Wheat (gluten), eggs, milk, soybeans, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts.
Recommendations: Use as directed by a healthcare professional.
Precautions: Phenylketonurics – contains Phenylalanine. Pregnant or lactating women and individuals taking prescription medications should consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.
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