EVERYTHING YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT BCAAs
Everyone knows branched-chain amino acids support muscle growth, but the benefits don't stop there.
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.*†
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).*†
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.*†
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.*†