Fuel up with BCAA
What are BCAAs?
🥚 There are 20 different amino acids that make up the thousands of different proteins in the human body
🥩 Nine of the 20 are considered essential amino acids (EAAs), meaning they cannot be made by your body and must be obtained through your diet
🧀 Three of those nine EAAs are the branches-chain amino acids (BCAAs): leucine, isoleucine, & valine.
🥚🥩🧀 BCAAs can naturally be found in protein rich foods such as eggs, meat, and dairy products.
5 Proven Benefits of BCAAs
1️⃣ Increase Muscle Growth:
BCAAs play an important role in building muscle. However, your muscles require all the EAAs for the best results.
Whey protein contains all of the EAAs needed to build muscle.
2️⃣ Decrease Muscle Soreness:
Supplementing with BCAAs may decrease muscle soreness by reducing damage in exercised muscles.
3️⃣ Reduce Exercise Fatigue:
(& improve mental focus)
BCAAs may be useful in decreasing exercise-induced fatigue, but they are unlikely to improve exercise performance.
4️⃣ Prevent Muscle Wasting:
Taking BCAA supplements can prevent the breakdown of protein in certain populations with muscle wasting.
Muscle wasting or breakdown occurs when protein breakdown exceeds muscle protein synthesis. BCAAs account for 35% of the EAAs found in muscle proteins. EAAs account for 40% of the total amino acids required by your body. Therefore, it’s important BCAAs and EAAs are replaced during times of muscle wasting to halt or slow its progression.
5️⃣ Benefit People with Liver Disease
BCAA supplements may improve the health outcomes of people with liver disease, while also possibly protecting against liver cancer.