EV­ERY­THING YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT BCAAs

Every­one knows branched-chain amino acids sup­port mus­cle growth, but the ben­e­fits don't stop there.

Muscle & Performance - - Breakdown -

MUS­CLE BUILD­ING

Mus­cle tis­sue is made of pro­tein, and pro­tein is made up of amino acids. Therefore, it should come as no sur­prise that mus­cle growth is es­sen­tially just the process of com­bin­ing amino acids. How­ever, BCAAS take their role in mus­cle build­ing one step fur­ther. Re­search has shown that BCAAS, and par­tic­u­larly leucine, in­crease mus­cle growth by di­rectly stim­u­lat­ing mus­cle pro­tein syn­the­sis. Leucine acts al­most like a key that sig­nals the body to be­gin string­ing amino acids to­gether to cre­ate mus­cle pro­tein. Therefore, sup­ple­ment­ing with BCAAS can help boost your ef­forts in the gym and help you see re­sults. If your goal is to build mus­cle, take BCAAS dur­ing and/or af­ter your work­out.*†

RE­COV­ERY

As the build­ing blocks of mus­cle, BCAAS are crit­i­cal for the main­te­nance and re­pair of mus­cle tis­sue. They help you main­tain the mus­cle you al­ready have by act­ing as an en­ergy source for your mus­cles. Un­like most aminos that are me­tab­o­lized in the liver, BCAAS are me­tab­o­lized in skele­tal mus­cle. As you de­plete glu­cose dur­ing rig­or­ous ex­er­cise, your body is quickly able to break down the amino acids for en­ergy, ef­fec­tively pre­vent­ing mus­cle catabolism. Stud­ies sug­gest that this may help de­crease de­layed-on­set mus­cle sore­ness (DOMS).*†

PER­FOR­MANCE

Aside from their mus­cle-build­ing and re­cov­ery ben­e­fits, re­search shows BCAAS can also im­prove per­for­mance. Tak­ing them be­fore your work­out al­lows your body to uti­lize the sup­ple­ment for fuel (en­ergy) and re­pair dur­ing the ex­er­cise, which helps in­crease strength and en­durance. Mix them in with your pre-work­out or sip on them up to 30 min­utes into your work­out for the best re­sults.*†

WEIGHT LOSS

The re­cov­ery ben­e­fits of BCAAS also ap­ply to weight loss. On a cut, par­tic­u­larly a cut cen­tered around a low-carb diet, your body is be­ing de­prived of its pri­mary en­ergy source: glu­cose. When search­ing for al­ter­na­tive fuel, the body of­ten turns to pro­tein, re­sult­ing in the loss of mus­cle. As we ex­plained, BCAAS can help pre­vent this mus­cle catabolism by pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive en­ergy source for your body. Therefore, even as you lose fat, you will pre­serve the mus­cle you have. Lean mus­cle is your meta­bolic en­gine – you don’t want to lose it! Take ad­van­tage of this ben­e­fit by sup­ple­ment­ing with BCAAS be­fore and dur­ing your work­out. They are par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for

weight loss if taken be­fore fasted car­dio.*†

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