What are BCAA’s?

Screenshot 2015-07-14 at 09.02.53BCAA’s make up 35% of your muscle mass and in order for your muscles to grow and develop BCAA’s must be present. BCAAs are made up of Valine, Leucine and Isoleucine. Proteins are made up of amino acids and are a simple form of protein which is easy for the body to break down and use quicker than a protein powder which is full of fillers, sweeteners, carbohydrates etc.

BCAAs act as nitrogen carries which aid the muscles in protein synthesis creating other simple amino acids needed to form a whole muscle tissue. When this happens insulin is produced which aids in blood sugar being forced towards muscle cells and used as a source of energy. This in turn promotes amino acid uptake by the muscle which promotes muscular development.

So why do people use BCAA’s while working out?

During any intense workout (weight training) the body shifts into a catabolic condition causing muscle breakdown. Glycogen stores are then depleted therefore the liver must create glucose by converting L-Alanine. Therefore to reduce this muscle breakdown effect, taking BCAAs sends a signal to the body to allow protein synthesis in times of stress.

BCAAs are seen as one of the most beneficial training supplements and should be considered in any sports nutrition programme. Anyone looking to build muscle, have more energy or reduce muscle breakdown after a hard training session should seriously purchase them and feel the difference immediately.

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