Take What You Need
“Branch-Chained Amino Acids”
Never taken BCAAs during.before or after your workout? You probably aren’t missing out on anything if you eat a variety of foods & keep your health maintained with ample water intake, but even with a perfect nutritional base — some people still decide to take BCAAs, and you probably want to know why.
For starters, you probably didn’t realize what these BCAAs are: they are your “essential amino acids consisting of leucine, isoleucine, and valine — basically to sum it up these 3 words comprise close to 35% of your body’s muscle protein. I’ll assume you understand protein & muscle — if not, I’ll explain in a future post. Why are these essential? because your body doesn’t make them on its own! YOU GUESSED IT: if we have to get these from food or supplement sources — easy enough?
This post is for informational purposes only, so opinions are welcome. but I am not here to lecture you in either direction — I have always been an advocate of getting the most from your food groups then if that becomes an issue, to extend your horizons and choose healthy alternatives –– so if you take them, GREAT! if you don’t, GREAT!
The purpose of BCAAs?
- help with enhancing muscle recovery after your workout
- GNC referenced “leucine is the star player in higher quality BCAAs” more of it and less of the other two make it worth your dollar.
- Helps to limit fatigue
- Can benefit those during their weightloss journey when paired with good nutrition, good workout regimen, and when paired with glutamine (i’ll go over this supplement in a future post) which will help normalize visceral fat
- BCAAs can reduce your D.O.M.S – delayed onset muscle soreness