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What are BCAAs and why you need them

By January 12, 2018No Comments

You may have heard of the term BCAAs but just in case, let’s start with what are BCAA’s and why you need them.

BCAA stands for branched-chain amino acids. BCAA’s are made up of three amino, leucine, isoleucine and valine. It is essential we ingest BCAA’s as the body is unable to make them, so supplements or various food groups should be incorporated into your daily lifestyle.

Protein based foods have the highest concentration of BCAA’s, such as beef, chicken, salmon and eggs. Alternatively, whey protein can provide BCAA’s in your diet however protein is best derived from food sources.

What do BCAA’s do?

BCAA’s have a branch side chain that aids the body in the conversion process of each amino acid into energy. This intense energy exertion arises during your workout and is especially beneficial for long duration endurance sports.

Based on scientific evidence, BCAA’s have been proven to produce the greatest increases in muscle growth and lean muscle mass. BCAA supplements can be used to reduce fatigue during workouts, improve recovery and muscle soreness post workout and rally the use of fat for energy.

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Here are our Top 5 Reasons to take our BCAA Capsules.
  1. BCAA’s have antiaging and health benefits

BCAA’s have been found to improve health. They increase the formation of new mitochondria. These are the microscopic power plants inside your cells that produce energy. They also prevent muscle loss caused by ageing by triggering protein synthesis.

BCAA’s have also been found to improve cognition as they have a stimulating effect on the neurotransmitters.

  1. BCAA’s increase fat burning and can support fat loss

Surveys have shown that the higher the BCAA within someone’s diet the less body fat they have. The cause is said to be the Leucine in conjunction with the other BCAA’s. Leucine increases energy expenditure and diminishes fat, whilst Isoleucine improves glucose tolerance.

  1. BCAA’s trigger muscle protein synthesis

BCAA’s combined with resistance training trigger the mTORC1 signalling pathway which is essential for muscle building. Alanine, Aspartate and Glutamate along with BCAA’s are all used by muscle tissue for energy. Not only will they improve your workout performance but help to recover your muscles post workout.

  1. BCAA’s will help with long endurance activities

BCAA’s have been tested to reduce fatigue and improve endurance. This is due to their energy burning nature, as they help maintain ATP energy levels during glycogen-depleting exercise. ATP energy is Adenosine Triphosphate. ATP can accumulate and passage chemical energy within cells.

Combined with their ability to burn fat, BCAA’s increase the energy pool during long endurance activities.

  1. BCAA’s decrease muscle soreness

Finally, BCAA’s decrease muscle soreness, allowing trainers to recover faster from intense workouts. BCAA supplements work to preserve the reliability of the muscle. This allows the body to train harder and more frequently, helping to avoid muscle damage.

At Trilogy Nutrition we offer BCAA Capsules featuring a combination of the essential amino acids.

Shop our BCAA Capsules here.