Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and, within this context, are also referred to as the building blocks of life. They are categorised as essential and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body itself and must be provided by an external source, whereas non-essential amino acids can be synthesised by the body.
The global amino acid market has recorded strong growth rates for years. This market potential is due to the awareness surrounding leading a healthy lifestyle and to demographic changes.
The application areas of amino acids are very diverse, they are primarily used in food supplements and sweeteners, as well as in pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic products.
|Amino acid|| Properties|| Area of application|
|BCAA (Branched-chain amino acids) || Essential amino acid, Comprising the amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine, Stimulates protein biosynthesis, supports muscle Formation, Capsule or powder form || Food supplement, Sports (primarily competitive sports) and Nutrition|
|Beta Alanine || Semi-essential amino acid, Improves muscular endurance || Food supplement (sports and nutrition), Food and drink, Pharmaceuticals|
|Creatine Monohydrate || Molecule produced in the liver, kidneys and pancreas, In phosphate form it supports energy supply for muscular contraction, Increases performance through energy production during training || Food supplement (sports and nutrition)|
|Glutamine || Non-essential amino acid, Can be essential in cases of severe illness, Important for the health of the immune system and organs || Food supplement (sports and nutrition), Medicine (improvement in recovery time)|
|Citruline DL Malate || Non-essential amino acid, Increases Performance || Food supplement (sports and nutrition)|