What is BCAA's?
Bracnched-chain amino acids are essential amino acids (specifically, valine, leucine and isoleucine). "They are essential, meaning we must get them in our diet because our bodies do not produce them". The term 'branched-chain' just refer to the molecular structure. Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein (think: meat, dairy and legumes) and have various functions related to energy production during and after exercise so they ar eneeded in adequate amounts, but not ecessive.
Benefits of BCAA's
- Increased Recovery - Perhaps the greatest benefit to hard training athletes is the increase in metabolic recovey that follows supplementation. Most athletes feel a substantial decrease in the amount of post exercise muscle soreness soon after beginning BCAA supplementation. Even without any of the other benefits of BCAA usuage this means faster recovery from exercise induced protein damage (remember your muscles grow when you damage them), which in turn means faster size and strength gains. With increased recovery the harder and more frequently you can hit the iron and thus the sooner you can meet your goals.
- Endurance - The BCAAs can serve as a donor of nitrogen in the formation of l-alanine, which provides the body with glucose after glycogen stores have been depleted. When you think of sparing glycogen you probably think of high carbohydrate diets but BCAAs have proven their worth here as well.
- Stimulate Protein Synthesis - BCAAs by themselves have been shown to independently stimulate muscle protein synthesis. In other words, they have shown the ability to induce muscle gains, even in the absence of weight training.
- Boosting Immune Function - Remember if you're sick it's hard to train, much less grow. It's even harder to come back after and illness without losing a ton of strength and size. When you train at high intensity or high volume you risk immune suppression and infections. By supplementing with BCAAs you'll help reverse glutamine loss, which is essential for immune function. In addition to this, the BCAAs help prevent a catabolic state in the body, which in turn can help improve recovery and lesse the damaging effects your exercise sessions may have on the body.
- Anti-Catabolic Effects - BCAAs probably exert most of their anabolic effects through anti-catabolic activity. In short, they suppress the use of muscle proteins for fuel, thereby sparing the breakdown of muscular of muscular protein. In part this is because they can sacrifice themselves as fuel. With less muscular protein being broken down by the body during training, the net result is increased protein synthesis and more muscle for you!
- Stimulate Fat Loss - During exercise, the body senses high levels of BCAA in the bloodstream which is trypically a sign of excessive muscle breakdown. So the body stops muscle breakdown and uses more fat or fuel. At the same time the extra BCAAs in teh blood stimulate insulin so the BCAAs are driven directly to the muscle. So the result is people lose body fat and gain muscle at the same time.
- Increase Protein Synthesis in Muscles
- Decreases Fatigue Levels
- Increases Strength
- Reduces Muscle Cramps
- Helps Decrease Fat Levels in the Body
- Men and Women
100% Pure BCAA's (Branch Chain Amino Acids)
When and How to Use
As a dietary supplement we recommend consuming 5 grams 2 - 4 times daily for optimal results. Best consumed with your preferred amount of water or fruit juice.
Add 2 heaped scoops (5g) to your preferred amount of water or fruit juice and consume during and after workout