Branched Chain Amino Acids
Branched-chain amino acids are essential nutrients that the body obtains from proteins found in food, especially meat, dairy products, and legumes. They include leucine, isoleucine, and valine. "Branched-chain" refers to the chemical structure of these amino acids. People use branched-chain amino acids for medicine.
- A Protein source
- Helps Build muscle
- Aids Recovery
How do they work?
The Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. BCAAs are considered as essential amino acids, because human beings cannot survive unless these amino acids are present in the diet. BCAAs are vital for the maintenance of muscle tissue and to preserve muscle stores of glycogen (a storage form of carbohydrate that can be converted into energy). BCAAs also help prevent muscle protein breakdown during exercise. Many endurance athletes (such as long-distance runners and cyclists) also use BCAA during exercise to strengthen their immune system and delay fatigue.
Who will benefit from using BCAAs?
BCAAs help to delay fatigue during exercise, making them suitable for people taking part in sports such as CrossFit, running or cycling. Those involved in team sports, such as rugby and football will also benefit from taking BCAAs. The beneficial effect of BCAAs on muscle preservation and growth also makes them suitable for anyone wanting to lose fat without losing muscle.
During exercise, BCAAs are used up by your body as a fuel source. This leads to an increase in the levels of an amino acid called Tryptophan. When Tryptophan enters your brain, it leads to feelings of tiredness. Some experts believe that by supplementing with BCAAs during exercise, you can keep exercising at a higher pace for longer. Indeed, several studies show that BCAAs consumed during exercise have a beneficial effect on performance, reducing fatigue and raising energy levels. There is also research showing that BCAAs improve recovery rates between exercise sessions.
Endurance events typically require a high volume of training, and often involve multiple daily workouts, which can weaken the immune system. As such, any supplement offering protection against the ravages of training is something most athletes would find invaluable.
How to use them.
Approximately 5-15g of BCAAs (such as those found in BCAA Intracell Xtra) can be taken during exercise to delay fatigue and improve exercise performance. Because of the high doses of BCAAs needed to preserve muscle, combining BCAA Intracell Xtra during a workout with either ISO Splash RecoverEX or RecoverEX Extra post workout, gives the ideal amount of BCAAs for recovery and performance.
What results can I expect?
Most users report an immediate improvement in performance during extended periods of exercise. Consumed for several months, a diet high in BCAA will reduce the incidence of infection. You can also expect faster muscle growth during periods of intense training, and less muscle loss when attempting to lose weight. To date, no side effects have been reported with the use of BCAAs.
What can BCAAs be combined with?
BCAAs work especially well at delaying fatigue when combined with water, and consumed before and during exercise. In addition, Athletes involved in intense training often use several servings of whey protein each day (whey is high in BCAAs) day to prevent muscle loss and increase muscle gain.