So today we are going to answer two main questions:
What is BCAA? And what are the main BCAA benefits?
BCAA is one of the worlds most popular supplements and it’s benefits are without a doubt amazing, but a lot of people don’t exactly know what BCAA is, how to take it and the main benefits.
This article will tell you more about BCAA (Branched-chain amino acids) and why you should take it.
What Are BCAAs?
BCAAs consist of three essential amino acids:
BCAA are basically a group of the three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine.
These three are all essential amino acids and are NOT produced by the body but NEEDED by the body.
And like all amino acids, BCAAs are the building blocks that your body uses to make proteins.
One of the differences between non-essential amino acids and BCAAs (which are essential) is that your body cannot make them. Thus, it is essential to get them from your diet.
And that’s why a BCAA supplement is PERFECT.
BCAAs make up a pretty significant amount of the body’s total amino acid pool, accounting for between 35%-40% of all essential amino acids in your body and up to around 20% of those found in your muscles.
So now that you know a little bit more about what BCAAs are, let’s move on to..
The three main (fitness related) benefits of taking BCAA:
- Boost protein synthesis (increase in lean mass)
- Minimize protein breakdown (reduce muscle damage and soreness)
- Improve exercise performance (have better workouts)
Let’s quickly go over these three benefits of taking BCAA.
BCAAs can help boost muscle protein synthesis.
Protein synthesis is the metabolic process when your body makes new muscle protein.
Muscle protein synthesis!? Say what?
Well, let’s put it in this way instead.. All this means is.. MORE GAINS FOR YOU!
BCAAs can help minimize protein breakdown.
Protein break what? Let’s put it this way: when you go through your workout and push your muscles to the limit, you basically initate different processes that ultimately “break down” your muscles.
And supplementing BCAA can help reduce that breakdown making it easier for your body to keep your hard earned muscles. BCAA is a great supplement to use all year round, but if you are trying to cut calories and shredding fat, then taking BCAA is almost essential. As you know it’s almost impossible to not lose muscle when you are trying to shred, so taking BCAA to help avoid muscle breakdown is especially important.
BCAAs can help improve exercise performance.
One of the main reasons why most people take BCAA is to perform better.
Again, to simplify things: your body (in one way or another) relies on the three different BCAAs (valine, isoleucine and leucine) for fuel. Not only has several studies shown that taking BCAA can help you train harder, but it can also help reduce fatigue and increase endurance.
Now these are just the three main benefits of taking BCAA (fitness related benefits).
There are a number of other benefits as well. Studies show that supplementing with BCAA may help reduce body fat. So for all of you out there trying to lose weight, BCAAs may help your body get rid of that unwanted fat more effectively and faster.
There are more benefits but we won’t go into them all in this article.
The main takeaway of all this is:
Take BCAA to help you train better.
Take BCAA to help minimize muscle breakdown from exercise and to help you recover faster.
Take BCAA to help you build muscle.
So regardless if you are a gym addict, fitness addict, if you do calisthenics, crossfit or any other kind of sport or exercise – you will benefit from taking BCAA (Branched-chain amino acids.)
So how, when and how much BCAA should you take?
Well, the beauty of BCAA is that you can take it pretty much throughout the day.
But here are a few basic guidelines:
- When: Pre-workout, during workout and post-workout. As well as throughout the day.
Our own favorite way to taking BCAA is to drink one before our workout, usually part of a Pre Workout Drink that also consists of creatine, Citrulline Malate, Arginine and beta-alanine. Then sip on BCAA during our workout as well as taking one post-workout. We DON’T always supplement it throughout the day on training days if we take it pre, during and post, but on rest days it’s almost always throughout the day.
- How Much to Take: Around 7-10 grams.
BCAAs are in our top 3 list of favorite supplements you can take and for good reason, it’s one of those supplements that actually DO work. And we love the way it makes us perform better in the gym and the way it helps us recover faster from a workout.
And really recommend it to anyone involved in sports or exercise. So if you’re a gym or fitness addict, if you’re into crossfit or any other sport, why not try BCAA and see if it works for you?
So which brand to go for if you’re about to buy BCAA? Like we always say: go with a well known brand that produces HIGH QUALITY supplements. We love BPI sports and they have a ton of different BCAA/Amino products.
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