BCAA’s: Essential for becoming better. Faster. 2017-01-25 – Posted in: Blog

Branch Chain Amino Acids or BCAA’s have always been on the list of recommended products by  Athletic Trainers, Physiotherapists, and Experienced Bodybuilders.

Yet, BCAA’s have traditionally been over shadowed by other, fancier products or products marketed with much more pizazz. But, when it comes down to getting the most for your money when buying supplements few offer as much value for your money as BCAA’s.

WHAT ARE BCAA’s?

Branch Chain Amino Acids refers to 3 different amino acids that are put together in a ratio. Those Amino Acids are: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.

Leucine is an activator of the protein known as mTOR, which then induces muscle protein synthesis. It has been shown in several studies to reliably increase muscle protein synthesis after a meal. It also has been shown to increase glucose uptake up to 45 minutes after ingestion.

Isoleucine is an intermediate for its ability to induce muscle protein synthesis (stronger than valine, but much weaker than leucine) but is able to significantly increase glucose uptake and the usage of glucose during exercise.

Valine once digested can be utilized to create glucose and subsequently glycogen. This oxidation into glucose, similar to Isoleucine, is increased following injury to skeletal muscle.

HOW DO THEY FUNCTION?

Supplementing BCAAs prevents a blood serum decline of amino acids, which occurs during exercise. A serum decline would normally cause a tryptophan influx into the brain, followed by serotonin production, which is the cause fatigue.

Also, knowing what we do about each individual amino acid we can see that adding BCAA’s into your routine will also speed up the recovery process post workout and increase your ability to repair and build muscle tissue depending on your overall calorie intake.

BCAA’s are often overlooked, yet are one of the most important supplements that you could take to get the results you are looking for faster.