What are BCAAs?
BCAAs, or branched-chain amino acids, are made up of three essential amino acids, isoleucine, valine and leucine. These amino acids can’t be produced by the body, so they must be ingested through supplements or food. BCAAs comprise 40% of the daily requirement of all essential amino acids. BCAAs can be found in foods containing protein such as chicken, beef, salmon and eggs.
What are the benefits of BCAAs?
BCAAs enhance muscle protein synthesis. This leads to greater muscle growth and the preservation of lean muscle mass.
BCAAs can increase fat burning and support fat loss. Leucine increases energy expenditure and fat oxidation while isoleucine improves glucose tolerance.
BCAAs can enhance strength gains from training when combined with protein intake.
BCAAs help to increase endurance and reduce fatigue during exercise.
BCAAs decrease muscle soreness and accelerate recovery allowing you to train at a higher intensity more frequently.
If you aren’t taking any BCAAs now, it’s important to incorporate them into your supplement regimen.
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