Does getting your amino acids from supplements versus whole foods make a difference? In a word, YES, especially before and after workouts.
Amino Acids From Supplements vs. Whole Foods
Research Update: Get your pre- and post-workout amino acids in supplement form (not just from whole foods) to maximize performance, recovery, and overall results.
Why Pre-Workout and Post-Workout Supplements Matter
The "Anabolic Window" for Maximizing Recovery and Results
The Science of Free-Form Amino Acids vs. Aminos from Whole Food
Jim’s Take-Home Points
Pre-Workout Supplement Intake
Post-Workout Supplement Intake
Yoshii, N., et al. Effect of mixed meal and leucine intake on plasma amino acid concentrations in young men. Nutrients 10:1543, 2018.