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BCAA's! What are they and what is the best?

Posted by Anthony Attick on

In our stores we get this question a lot! The question is “what is the best BCAA?” and the answer is not as simple as you would think. Before we look into “what is the best?” it is essential to understand what they are, what they do and how it can benefit you.

BCAA’s are short for Branched Chain Amino Acids and are mainly consistent of three amino acids which are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. These amino acids are key for performing and functioning muscle, with a particular emphasis on Leucine, the leading amino acid. Leucine supplementation has been closely linked to the preventing protein degradation, lessened degradation of glycogen stores during Intensive training sessions and aids in the contraction of muscle. These key roles make leucine the key component in branch chain amino acids, with the other two amino acids sufficing in other key roles for training and exercise.

Isoleucine is best known for increasing endurance as well as help heal and encourage protein synthesis as well as help boost natural energy levels.

Valine works with the other two amino acids to help promote this function as well as central nervous functioning. Valine also has an added function excess nitrogen from the liver, therefore promoting liver health and can also transport nitrogen to where is may be needed in excess areas of the body.

So with a basic understanding of the roles of BCAA’s and what they actually do, Branch chains will essentially help stop muscle degradation, help promote protein synthesis, retain and best utilise glycogen stores, boost natural energy levels to an enhanced degree. This makes amino acids a key supplement for anyone who is a part of an endurance sport or an explosive activity that requires a lot of energy or a sustained amount of energy, amino acids are for you!

The branch chain amino acids do not stop there, often amino acids will also include other supplement ingredients in order to enhance their performance on the human body even further! Branch chain amino acids often contain the likes of electrolytes, green tea extract, citrulline, beta alanine and much more. This extra set of ingredients within BCAA’s can help enhance the potential of the BCAA. This can be exemplified in instances such as electrolytes would aid in salt balance and hydration whereas green tea extra would help maximise fat oxidation, for more information on any of the above feel free to get in touch!

Now to answer the question “what is the best BCAA?” in short based on what you want from your BCAA, this answer can vary dependant on what you want, want to remain hydrated and get the most of the key amino acid leucine? Pure Amino Advanced would be the best for you! If you like your amino acid with a little kick? Amino Energy or Amino Supreme NRG.

Hope this answers your questions! if you want any information with regards to supplementation, training, diet or anything we will try our best to help you! Try our Contact us Page!

Reference List

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10418071 - Leucine supplementation and Intensive Training

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/l-isoleucine - Isoleucine

http://www.aminoacidsguide.com/Val.html - Valine

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