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BCAA's


Without Protein, the unique traits contained in our DNA could not be created. There are different types of protein for different parts of our bodies like hair, skin, nails, brain tissue, muscle tissue and organs. Amino Acids are the building blocks for protein. They are essential in the differentiation of proteins. A protein that makes hair has different amino acid sequences than a protein that makes muscle tissue. There are 20-22 amino acids that are considered standard in the human body. The many different combinations of these “standard amino acids” make up the vast number of different types of protein found in our bodies.

There are 8-10 amino acids that our bodies cannot manufacture, so we must furnish them in our diets. These eight essential amino acids are: Lysine, Phenylalanine, Methionine, Histdine, Leucine, Valine, Threonine, and Isoleucine. It is important for anyone to get these essential amino acids in their daily diets. It is, however, even more important for athletes to find these amino acids in order to facilitate muscle growth and repair. There are three of the eight essential amino acids that are considered more important for bodybuilders and athletes. These three are called BCAA’s or branched-chain amino acids. BCAA’s include leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAA’s are special because they are synthesized directly into muscle tissue, rather than being processed by the liver first. Amino acids processed by the liver first are used for energy and other important metabolic functions, so they don’t all get delivered to muscle tissue. Because BCAA’s get sent directly to muscle tissue, they can focus all of their energy on repairing and creating muscle.

Branched Chain Amino Acids are among the most beneficial and effective supplements in any sports nutrition program. They are a key ingredient in any good pre and post-workout shake. Post-workout muscles are looking for an immediate dose of protein. Because BCAA’s are sent directly to muscle tissue (instead of being processed by the liver first) it helps to avoid any amino acids being “wasted” in other physiological processes. Pre-workout muscles need energy. BCAA’s stimulate the production of insulin which allows circulating blood sugar to be used in the muscles as a source of energy. It is important to have BCAA’s in a pre-workout supplement to signal the body to continue synthesizing proteins, instead of putting the manufacturing of proteins on hold during a time when your body is under stress (as the release of BCAA’s acts as a signal to the body to stop making proteins).

As stated, BCAA’s are an essential component in any sports nutrition program. It is highly recommended that anyone looking to improve muscle fitness should add supplements containing BCAA’s to their daily regimen.