Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
Amino Acids play an important role in the muscle development of a body, as they are the building blocks of protein. Branched-Chain Amino Acid is the combination of Three Type of Amino Acids that are not commonly available. This Trio consists of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. Branched-Chain Amino Acids derive their name from their “Branched Side-Chain” structure of One Carbon and Three Hydrogen atoms.
BCAAs are the only Amino Acids that are not regulated by the Gut or Liver before being circulated to the entire body. They are directly introduced in the bloodstream, which influence the Plasma Levels and Concentration in muscle tissues.
As BCAAs are important to Muscle Tissues, and help in maintaining Blood Sugar, it’s adequate consumption is important during workout. Consuming BCAAs during and after Workout can induce and Insulin Spike, helping in muscle development. The optimal ratio of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine required in BCAAs is 3:1:2.
BCAA content in common Food
|95% Lean Ground Beef||17%|
Recommended Intake of BCAA
5 grams of BCAA per hour of Training
During Low Calorie Intake periods, add BCAA Supplement every 3 hours during a day.
Benefits of BCAA
Improves Protein Synthesis
BCAA prevents muscle loss. Presence of Leucine promotes muscle growth and repair. It helps in absorbing essential amino acids by breaking them down for body function.
Improves Brain Activities
Amino acids are the energy generator for the body. They provide energy to Brain Cells.
Reduces Fatigue during Workout
BCAA is a well-known Intra-Workout drink. It decreases the flow of Serotonin Hormone which allows the body to feel a sense of tiredness or fatigue during workout.
Reduce Muscle Inflammation
BCAA prevents muscle inflammation and gives energy to an athlete to push his limits.
Cautions for BCAA Intake
- Avoid Intake of BCAA Pre or Post Surgery.
- Can lead to liver problems in Alcoholic people.
- Not suitable for Pregnant or Lactating women.