The Benefits of Branched Chain Amino Acids!

Posted on November 16th, 2014 at 5:04 pm by


Branched Chain Amino Acids – What are they and what can they do for you?

Regardless of whether you possess knowledge of supplements or you are only now discovering the world of bodybuilding, finding out some more about branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) can only do you good.  Here we will offer you some  photo inner-armour-bcaa-peak-big_zps715a74ca.jpgbasic information and a bit of details on BCAAs and how they work so you can know what to expect once you decide to use them.

What exactly are BCAAs?

Amino acids are what proteins are made of, and without protein your muscles cannot grow.  Our bodies obtain branched-chain amino acids from food (mostly meat, dairy products, and legumes). “Branched-chain” describe the chemical structure of these amino acids, and they contain chemicals called leucine, isoleucine and valine.

Why are they useful?

When you exercise, you expend your supply of amino acids.  If you do not get enough, then regardless of the amount of time you spend in the gym, you will make little or no progress.  BCAAs help athletes improve performance and reduce muscle breakdown during their more intense exercises.  Branched-chain amino acids are also used to treat brain conditions, as well as poor appetite in kidney failure and cancer patients.  BCAAs can be used to help improve focus and prevent fatigue.

How does it work?

Branched-chain amino acids stimulate protein-building in muscles and reduce muscle breakdown.  When you exercise, your serotonin levels increase causing you to feel fatigued.  BCAAs not only cancel out fatigue, but helps to enhance performance by reducing serotonin levels.  Data shows that by taking BCAAs before and after workouts you will aid muscle-protein synthesis and decrease muscle damage caused by exercise.

Where do you get them from?

Pretty much all protein foods are sources of BCAAs, but red meat and dairy products contain the greatest amounts.  BCAAs are a bit different from proteins we get from food – they cause plasma amino acid levels to rise rapidly while food-protein has to be digested in order for plasma amino acid levels to rise.  If you do not have enough time and need them fast, you can try getting them from whey and egg protein powders.

What else do I get from using BCAAs?

The greatest benefit of BCAAs for bodybuilders is the prevention of muscle breakdown.  You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to benefit though.  As we already mentioned, they are good for increasing concentration and appetite with sick people.  In addition, you can use BCCAs to reverse the effect of glutamine loss after illness.  Your immune system will recover faster this way thus allowing you to get back to the gym faster.  To make them even more interesting, studies have shown that BCAAs can help with fat loss.

The best thing about it is that it is not just fat loss, but the loss of visceral body fat.  This fat is usually resistant to dieting and it gives people a lot of trouble because it is embedded in the deeper layers of a person’s body.  Gather as much information as you can and consult a professional before taking any supplements.  Make sure you make the purchase from a licensed supplier.  While there are many who will say that they have the new ‘magical’ plan to help you achieve better results, the truth is that you can achieve results on your own with a bit of help from a good coach, a good supplement as well as a solid nutrition plan.

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