What in the world does BCAA mean and why should you care?
I'm glad you asked.
I know that might not mean anything to you just yet but bare with me here because you NEED branched-chain amino acids in a major way and there's a ton of science to back that up.
BCAA's contain 3 essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine (there's not test at the end of this so I don't expect you to memorize that)
There are 9 essential amino acids, 3 of them are branched-chain amino acids.
These amino acids are essential because you have to consume them in order for them to get into your bloodstream. Your body does not produce essential amino acids on it's own. These amino acids also make up for 35% of your muscle mass.
Here's a little bit about each branched-chain amino acids
Helps promote lean muscle mass
Aids in fat loss by its catabolic effect on fat
Helps modulate insulin sensitivity
Fun Fact: Leucine is one of the two amino acids that cannot be converted to sugar!
Promotes protein synthesis
Increases glucose uptake and optimizes usage of glucose during activity
Increase muscle and endurance and energy during exercise
Enhances muscle repair and growth
Helps regulate blood glucose levels
Helps enhance mental focus and sharpness
BCAA'S IN A NUTSHELL: maximize your fat loss, get more results from your workouts (with less soreness), curb cravings, fight fatigue during your workout and helps overcome promote lean muscle mass
THE BENEFITS OF BCAAS
BCAA's are widely known in the fitness industry for their ability to promote protein synthesis and muscle repair which in turn will reduce muscle soreness and accelerate the repair of muscle tissue.
And because of their complex chemical structure, they are absorbed directly in the muscle whereas other amino acids are generally absorbed and digested in the stomach.
BCAA's are unique because they are the only amino acids that can be burned by the muscles as fuel. Through a glucose regulating process, they provide added energy during exercise - making BCAA's a great supplement for not only weight lifters, but endurance athletes and generally ANYONE looking to recover quicker, build strength and feel better during their workouts.
Whether your goal is muscle building or weight loss, supplementing with BCAA's can support the metabolic process that can make it happen. They can also make your workouts more effective.
You CAN get BCAA's from food sources (fish, beef, tuna, chicken, turkey, dairy products and eggs) but dietary BCAAs won't hit your blood or digest as fast as a BCAA supplement.
If you want to maximize your results and recovery, add a BCAA into your routine. You can take it before, after, or during your workout. You can also sip on BCAA's in between meals to stay in an anabolic state (fat burning state where we are using fat for energy instead of muscle tissue) as much as possible.
Overall, BCAA's are a great supplement for anyone looking to get the MOST out of their workouts.