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Anabolic effect of dileucine greater than that of leucine
Bodybuilders know leucine very well. They know everything about the essential amino acid, which switches on anabolic signal molecules in muscle cells and - if there are enough other amino acids available - accelerates the growth of muscle protein. Martin Purpura and Jäger of research firm Increnovo [increnovo.com] discovered that the dipeptide of leucine stimulates muscle protein synthesis more strongly than regular leucine.
Dileucine is a dipeptide, which consists of two leucine molecules stuck together. The idea that such a molecule works better than regular leucine is not at all strange. The body absorbs di- and tripeptides better than regular free amino acids.
Dileucine is found in foods, according to analyzes by the researchers. Dairy proteins such as whey are a good source, but dileucine is also present in the protein of mung beans.
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Just before and up to 3 hours after the administration of the supplements, the researchers took pieces of muscle tissue from the subjects' thigh muscles.
Dileucine gave the anabolic machinery of muscle cells a greater boost than leucine. Below you see, for example, dileucine activated the anabolic molecule Akt more than leucine.