Balanced Amino Maintenance is a free-form amino acid formula that contains all 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. Slightly different from our amino acid base formula, BAM® capsules contain tryptophan, alanine, and glutamine. BAM® is available in capsules, sticks and the new powder form.*
Each size 00 vegetarian cellulose capsule contains:
Vitamin B-6 (as 2 mg Pyridoxal 5' Phosphate)
Chromium (as Chromium Niacinate)
Proprietary Blend: L-Histidine HCl, L-Leucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Lysine HCl, L-Arginine HCl, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Alanine, L-Glutamine, L-Methionine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan (TryptoPure™)
TryptoPure™ is a registered trademark of Ajinomoto Aminoscience, LLC.
Overview: Balanced Amino Maintenance is a free-form amino acid formula that contains all 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. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are needed to create enzymes, hormones, antibodies, collagen, nerves and muscle tissue. Amino acids have wide-ranging metabolic functions as well.
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. Slightly different from our amino acid base formula, BAM® capsules contain tryptophan, alanine, and glutamine. BAM® is available in capsules, sticks, and the new powder form (for maximum dose control).
What is BAM®? BAM® (Balanced Amino Maintenance) is a free-form, readily absorbable amino acid formula that contains all the essential amino acids – histidine, leucine, phenylalanine, lysine, valine, isoleucine, methionine, threonine, and tryptophan, as well as the conditionally essential amino acids arginine and glutamine, and non-essential, but highly beneficial alanine. Chromium niacinate and activated vitamin B-6 (P5P) have been added to enhance amino acid metabolism.
How does BAM® Work? 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” or “EAAs,” as they cannot be synthesized by the body so must be ingested as part of the diet. The nine EAAs have unique, individual roles aside from working together as building blocks for proteins:
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.
Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are known as Branched-chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). They have a specialized shape 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 the use of stored fat for energy while building and maintaining skeletal muscle.
Pyridoxal 5' Phosphate is the metabolically active form of Vitamin B-6. It is a cofactor for reactions involving amino acid metabolism, including neurotransmitter synthesis, transamination, and the catabolism of methionine.
What are the Suggested Uses for BAM®?
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: One to six (1-6) capsules daily, or as directed by a healthcare professional. Best taken between meals.
Precautions: Pregnant or lactating women and individuals taking prescription medications should consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.