If you're reading this article, you've probably heard of Kion Aminos and have already purchased some. Woohoo! But before you try them out, you may be wondering: How the heck do I use these? When should I use them? How much should I take? So, before you get too excited, we have some product information and best practices to share so you can get the most out of your aminos.

So, let's jump in, shall we?

What Exactly Are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are the foundation of protein, and therefore muscle mass—making them a necessity for optimizing athletic performance.

They are the catalyst for nearly every physiological function that occurs in your body—including protein synthesis, enzyme production, hormone regulation, cognitive performance, neurotransmitter balance, and metabolism.

Out of the 20 total amino acids, nine are classified as essential. These essential amino acids (EAAs) can not be synthesized by your body but instead must be attained through diet from protein-rich foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes, and of course, amino acid supplements.

Essential amino acids make up over 50% of every protein in your body, so a deficiency in any one of them can have detrimental effects on muscle preservation, athletic training, recovery, and more—which is why EAAs are the ideal supplement to fuel your performance.

The Facts About Kion Aminos

Formulated to be potent, effective, and highly bioavailable, Kion Aminos offer a myriad of benefits. While they're primarily designed to be a pre-workout performance booster, that’s just one of the many benefits they can offer.

Kion Aminos can also be used to support fat loss, increase energy levels, regulate appetite, improve cognitive function, and facilitate deeper sleep.

Kion Aminos are extracted from plant sources (yes, they're vegetarian and vegan friendly) including beans and peas. We chose to use these specific plant-derived proteins for a few reasons:

  • Bioavailability: Plant proteins, especially those found in peas and beans, are highly bioavailable and easily digested.

  • Low allergenic potential: Many common protein supplements like egg and soy are made from common allergens. Pea and bean allergies are extremely rare, and their proteins have very low immunogenic potential.

  • Efficacy: A source of protein that lacks particular EAAs is known as an “incomplete protein.” Your body requires complete proteins with a full EAA profile in order to optimize protein synthesis. Many plant-based proteins have incomplete amino acid profiles, including peas and beans on their own. However, their combined profiles complement each other to deliver a complete protein.

How EAAs Work

Kion Aminos supply eight EAAs in the right quantities to enhance your health and performance. Each of the EAAs plays an important role in supporting your body:
  • Lysine plays a role in growth hormone secretion, which supports muscle repair and recovery. It’s also a critical component of structural proteins like collagen and elastin, which are important for building strong connective tissue.

  • Methionine helps the body process and eliminate fat, promotes cardiovascular health, and supports liver function to help the body eliminate toxins.

  • Phenylalanine has a pain-killing and mood-elevating effect and is necessary for the synthesis of norepinephrine and dopamine. It also stimulates the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are critical for nervous system function.

  • Threonine supports fat metabolism and immune function. Like Lysine, it’s another crucial component of structural proteins and connective tissue.

  • Tryptophan has pain-suppressing qualities and can increase pain tolerance during hard workouts or competitions. It’s also a precursor for serotonin, which regulates sleep, appetite, and mood.

  • Leucine is critical for protein synthesis, blood sugar regulation, and growth hormone production.

  • Isoleucine helps prevent muscle from breaking down during exercise, which could lead to faster recovery. It’s also important for immune function, hemoglobin production, and energy regulation.

  • Valine helps stimulate muscle regeneration and plays a critical role in energy production.

What Makes Kion Aminos Different

Performance-enhancing supplements like branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), animal-based protein powders like casein, and plant proteins from soy and hemp are very popular, but they aren’t as effective as people believe. Though they can have some benefits for performance and muscle gain, they all carry a host of drawbacks.

Kion Aminos have a few key characteristics that make them unique from other protein supplements:

No artificial additives or preservatives. Unlike many popular performance-enhancing supplements, Kion Aminos are pure protein. They don’t contain any added binders, fillers, stearates, coatings, dyes, added sugars, or caffeine. This means that they won’t spike your blood sugar, interfere with gut health, or give you the nervous energy and jitters that other supplements can cause.

Virtually zero calories. Protein powders like casein and even plant-based supplements can contain anywhere from 90 to 200 calories per serving. Kion Aminos, on the other hand, contain effectively zero calories. This makes them particularly effective for fat loss as they don’t contribute overall caloric load, interfere with ketosis, or kick you out of a fasted state.

Superior utilization rate (UR). Your body utilizes very little of the protein you consume, and not all sources utilized effectively. In fact, your body generally utilizes less than 50% of the protein found in common foods. The protein that is utilized goes to building muscle, fueling your brain, and maintaining hormonal health. Everything your body can’t use for basic functions becomes metabolic waste and places unnecessary stress on your kidneys and digestive tract. When comparing the utilization rate of Kion Aminos against several common sources of protein:

  • BCAA supplements have a UR of 1%.
  • Soy protein powders have a UR of 16%.
  • Animal proteins like beef, poultry, and fish have a UR of 33%.
  • Whole eggs have a UR of 48%.
  • Kion Aminos have a utilization rate of 99%, which means the body uses virtually every gram you consume with zero metabolic waste.

Fast absorption rate. Kion Aminos are fully absorbed and available to fuel training within 30 minutes of consumption. This stands in stark contrast to whole-food sources which can take several hours to digest, and protein powders which notoriously contribute to gas and bloating.

Proper quantities of each EAA. BCAA supplements are very popular with athletes who swear by their effects on performance, muscle gain, and recovery. The issue with BCAAs is that they only contain three of the EAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine), which makes them inefficient for protein synthesis. This is why BCAAs have such a low utilization rate; there isn't very much your body can do with an incomplete amino acid profile. When you consume the BCAAs in isolation, some of them fuel exercise, but the rest simply go to waste.

Kion Aminos contain the BCAAs plus all of the other EAAs required for protein synthesis—making them the superior option for fueling performance and building muscle.

Convenience. Kion Aminos provides EAAs in a convenient tablet form. No need to prepare a giant steak, lug around a canister of protein powder, keep a Tupperware of hard-boiled eggs in your gym bag, or worry about any other inconvenient (or smelly) options. And of course, there’s no need to devote time to prepping or digesting—just pop a few tablets or down some powder and you’re ready to crush your workout!

Getting The Most Out Of Kion Aminos

Kion Aminos are made specifically to enhance athletic performance by delivering a full EAA profile directly to your muscles and bloodstream within 30 minutes of ingestion.

Simply take one level scoop of powdered aminos in a glass of water, or 5 tablets, 30 minutes prior to training to fuel your workout. Each serving of Kion Aminos can support muscle retention and improve your mental focus during training.

If you're undecided on whether to take aminos in a tablet or powder form, the short answer is: it's up to you!

You may enjoy taking aminos in the powdered form if you like consuming supplements in a smoothie, with water, or you simply enjoy tasting different flavors. Kion Aminos comes in Cool Lime and Mixed Berry flavors that are pretty delicious. 

But, if you want to get straight to the point and prefer to take your aminos in a quick and efficient manner, the tablet form may be the best option.

Whichever method you choose, you'll still enjoy the benefits of aminos within 30 minutes of ingestion. 

We recommend taking Kion Aminos 20 minutes before or 1-2 hours after consuming other dietary protein or fat to avoid interfering with absorption. 

In addition to a pre-workout serving, here are some other appropriate times to take Kion Aminos:

  • First thing upon waking to support cognition and energy levels.
  • Post-workout to aid in recovery.
  • During training sessions or events lasting longer than two hours.
  • Before bed to aid in deep sleep.

One final note on this: We don't recommend taking more than six servings (30 tablets or six level scoops of powder) of Kion Aminos in a 24-hour period. Remember, Kion Aminos are meant to supplement other sources of dietary protein, not replace them altogether.

Even More Kion Aminos Health Benefits 

Kion Aminos are also a great supplement for supporting sleep, recovery, muscle maintenance, appetite regulation, energy, fasting, and cognition—just to name a few.

  • Sleep: Your body converts tryptophan into melatonin, a necessary hormone for inducing sleep. Improving sleep quality has been shown to improve athletic performance and has even been associated with lower self-reported levels of depression. Take a serving of Kion Aminos 30 minutes before bed to induce better, deeper sleep.

  • Recovery: Post-exercise consumption of EAAs has been shown to have a positive effect on net muscle protein. In fact, one study of elite athletes showed that EAAs stimulate the anabolic process more effectively than other protein supplements. Kion Aminos taken post-workout will help reduce fatigue and improve your speed of recovery between sessions.

  • Muscle maintenance: EAAs are responsible for the stimulation of the anabolic state, and are therefore a crucial component for building and maintaining muscle mass. EAA supplementation can help you maintain muscle even during periods of extended inactivity.

  • Appetite regulation: Amino acids are inherently satiating and appetite-suppressing. This makes Kion Aminos a highly effective, low-calorie tool for fasting, and a great option in situations where food options are limited (like during travel).

  • Fast, clean energy: Three of the EAAs—Valine, Leucine, and Isoleucine—are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver, making them readily available in the bloodstream for quick energy without a spike in blood sugar.

  • Fasting: Kion Aminos can be used to support fasting by suppressing hunger, improving energy levels, helping the body retain muscle mass, and stabilizing cognitive performance. Amino acid consumption has been shown to inhibit autophagy, so if giving your cells a detox is your primary goal for fasting, then they might not be the right choice for you.

  • Cognitive performance: Essential amino acids are necessary for optimizing mental performance. Tyrosine, in particular, has been shown to improve working memory. Kion Aminos can be used for a quick cognitive boost if you find yourself feeling foggy.

How To Know if Kion Aminos Are Working

The best thing about Kion Aminos, is that, right away, you'll feel their positive effects. In the short-term, you may experience:
  • Steady mental and physical energy.
  • An increase in strength and endurance.
  • Improved focus and more intensity during your workouts.
  • Reduced fatigue after training.
Long-term, you might notice:
  • An increase in muscle mass.
  • A decrease in fat mass.
  • Shortened recovery periods.
  • Consistent improvements in power, speed, strength, and endurance.

How To Store Kion Aminos

You can keep your Kion Aminos nice and fresh if you store them in a cool, dry place like your pantry or cupboard. Be sure to look at the expiration date to keep track of when your aminos are at their peak freshness.

One Last Thing...

Kion Aminos might not be for everyone.

If you are pregnant, nursing, under the age of 18, or currently taking prescription medications, please consult with your physician to determine if amino acid supplementation is appropriate for you.

As for medications, Kion Aminos have not been shown to interfere with any prescription medications. However, if you do currently take prescription medication, consult with your physician to determine if EAA supplementation is right for you.

If you experience gastrointestinal distress, it’s most likely an issue of timing. Make sure you don’t consume Kion Aminos within 30 minutes of eating a meal. Ideally, take them on an empty stomach.

If you experience “jitters,” try starting with smaller servings. Start with half a scoop of powder or 2-3 tablets and assess your energy levels afterward. From there, you can slowly work up to a full serving, or stick with a smaller serving if preferred.


We hope we answered all of your questions about Kion Aminos; but if we didn't leave a comment below, and we'll try to get you an answer in a jiffy. Enjoy your aminos!

Scientific Research

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  5. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/L-phenylalanine#section=Top
  6. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/L-threonine
  7. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/L-tryptophan
  8. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/L-leucine
  9. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/L-isoleucine
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  • Hello! If I do fasted workouts should I take my amino supplements after my workout when I drink my protein shake or wait until the shake has digested for about an hour? Thank you!
    Kion replied:
    Hi Chandler,

    Thanks for reaching out about your Amino supplementation! If you are practicing fasted workouts and want to incorporate your Aminos supplement into that routine, you can take the Aminos pre-workout (without disrupting your fast) or wait a bit after drinking your protein shake (as you suggested)-OR both, depending on your goals with the EAAs. We would love to hear about your progress with this product. Please email/call our support team with any feedback or follow up questions that you might have: support@getkion.com or 855-387-5466.

    Chandler on

  • how do you equate Kion aminos to grams of protein. For example if I require 150 grams protein per day. What does 1 serving of Aminos deliver.
    Thank you

    Kion replied:
    Hey Wayne,

    Thanks for the excellent question here! This requires a fairly complex answer, so let’s dive in:

    When speaking to the equivalency of Kion Aminos to other dietary proteins, we look not only to the amount of Essential Amino Acids contained therein but, more importantly, the absorption rate of those EAA’s. Remember, Kion Aminos contain essential amino acids only, and thus are not intended to outright replace other forms of dietary proteins.

    Absorption rates of proteins in general (or more specifically, EAA’s) can be accurately measured by looking at the Net Nitrogen Utilization (NNU) of a given form of protein. Simply put, this methodology denotes how much of a given protein is excreted by the body in various forms of waste (vs. that which is absorbed) by looking at the body’s nitrogen balance. It is through this process that we are able to determine the essential amino acid utilization (or absorption) rate of various dietary proteins and make certain comparisons.

    Kion Aminos are not intended to replace other forms of dietary proteins full-stop, but can be beneficial to both those looking to increase their overall protein intake without the addition of excess caloric intake, as well as those looking to cut overall calorie intake while maintaining optimal nitrogen balance.

    How much of each amino acid the body needs varies according to multiple factors, including: body composition, diet, environmental stressors, pathological stressors, physical activity, physiological state, programmed metabolic capacity and sex.

    Optimal dietary provision of protein, amino acids and nitrogen to satisfy basal requirements in any individual will only occur when demands are first met for energy and all other nutrients needed for normal cellular and tissue functions. Amino acid metabolism is critically dependent on the amount and quality of food consumed.

    Many factors, as noted, affect how well the body metabolizes and utilizes amino acids consumed as part of our diet. High levels of protein intake by athletes, for example, may increase the oxidation of amino acids and, thus, the need for more amino acids.

    Hope this information is helpful, Wayne!

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