Exogenous amino acids stimulate human muscle anabolism without interfering with the response to mixed meal ingestion
Which provides a greater anabolic effect: an EAA supplement or a mixed-meal containing an equivalent amount of EAAs? What is the effect of EAA supplementation on the body's normal response to a subsequent nutritionally mixed meal?
This paper concludes that "ingestion of a CAA supplement produces a greater anabolic effect than ingestion of a nutritionally mixed meal, despite similar EAA content. Furthermore, ingestion of the CAA supplement does not result in a subsequent compensatory nadir in net phenylalanine balance and does not effect the normal anabolic response to ingestion of a nutritionally mixed meal."
Read the full text published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism: https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00291.2004