There are eight different essential amino acids in total. These can only be derived from food or additional supplements. Amino acids are not only great for building muscle and muscle recovery, they also reduce stress and improve brain performance. If you are not sure whether you get enough amino acids during the day, look at your daily food pattern to determine which nutrients you get. You could opt for BCAA’s, which consist of three essential amino acids, or a blend which contains all essential amino acids. As with all our amino acids, they come in either tablets, capsules or powder form.