What are BCAA’s?…
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) are amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. They are essentially what all of your tissues; bone, muscle, brain matter are made from.
Amino acids are required for optimal production of your neurotransmitters (chemicals that send signals from your brain to the tissues of your body). They influence enzyme production & therefor affect digestion.
They are essential for health & regulate metabolic processes (the ability to grow, respond physically & mentally plus function optimally). Some hormones & antibodies are made from amino acids so they influence immune function.
Amino acids also transport oxygen & nutrients around the body.
There are over 100 amino acids however the human body (depending on the literature) uses only 20 amino acids – 9 of which are essential. You must have adequate amounts of amino acid concentrations in order to remain in an optimal state of wellness.
Why a BCAA Supplement?…
Through diet & lifestyle the human body can produce numerous amino acids, effectively creating the ones it requires in order to function optimally.
The human body cannot manufacture the 9 essential amino acids in the same way as the non-essential amino’s & therefore they must be obtained from the diet or through supplementation.
You can gather them from high protein food sources including: fish, meat, dairy products, high-protein vegetables like legumes, peas & grains.
You may eat a fairly healthy diet – even if this is the case, it is hard to determine whether you are getting a perfect daily balance of BCAAs. Your mental & physical performance is a good indicator.
While there are many BCAA supplements on the market – it is important to learn from which source the supplement is deriving its BCAAs to ensure you are getting the most effective product possible. Different supplements will supply amino acids in varying amounts.
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10 Benefits of BCAAs…
Below are some additional interesting facts about BCAA’s:
- BCAAs are shown to help with recovery after training – particularly with muscle damage & fatigue.
- The best way to intake BCAAs is as a recovery drink along with a small amount of carbohydrates.
- The best time to take BCAAs is during a training session (particularly a long one) as they help with energy production during exercise.
- BCAA metabolites are a significant indicator in lean muscle mass in young & middle-aged adults.
- BCAAs improve glucose uptake & insulin sensitivity. Diabetics find them to work well as an additional therapeutic intervention which may also improve metabolic markers.
- They play an important role in reducing muscle soreness after exercise.
- People who supplement amino acids have shown to have less visceral belly fat (fat around the internal organs, a very important health marker) & more muscle mass than those who don’t.
- BCAAs increase fat burning & glucose tolerance (tolerance to sugar like substances).
- They improve neuromuscular adaptations (brain & body perform better).
- They inhibit the uptake of tryptophan into the brain (this will help you relax, sleep better & improve your mood).
- Research proves that BCAA supplementation increases testosterone levels & may produce a net anabolic hormonal profile change for the positive.
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