Why You Need BCAAs a/k/a Branched Chain Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  They build up muscle and repair muscle after breakdown.  So taking amino acid supplements help you get stronger and prevent your muscles from wasting away.

There are 22 amino acids in your body, but 3 major ones that are particularly good for repair.  These 3 are the amino acids that make up most BCAA supplements:

  • Leucine
  • Isoleucine
  • Valine

Isoleucine helps your body utilize carbs for energy.  This helps fuel your workout and it allows your body to use up your carbs rather than store them.  Your body will utilize energy from your diet rather than from breaking down your muscles to fuel your workout.BCAAs And Catabolism What is catabolism? Catabolism is muscle breakdown. When you are dieting, your body breaks down fat cells to use for energy.  That’s what we want, right?  But, the bad news is your body also breaks down muscle to use for energy. That’s the last thing you want when you’re working so hard to eat clean and perform better.Ideally, we want our body to use carbs (and fat) for energy rather than our hard earned muscles.  That’s exactly what BCAAs help you with. BCAAs (Isoleucine specifically) increase your body’s ability to use carbs for fuel. This means your body will burn the carbs you eat more efficiently, rather than storing them on your hips and/or midsection. If you’re already working out and eating healthy, BCAAs can push your fat loss to the next level. They are not a miracle powder, but they are proven to help enhance your body’s ability to use energy rather than store it as fat.

  • If you are trying to lose some fat, but not muscle, BCAAs are invaluable. A lot of research has been done to show that BCAAs increase the rate of protein synthesis (muscle growth), and decrease the rate of catabolism (muscle breakdown). So that means you can diet, exercise, burn fat, and your muscles will stay nice and lean. BCAAs have been shown to improve performance and reduce fatigue. This means you can train a bit longer and a bit more intense than you could without BCAAs.  And that will definitely speed up your results!
  • Valine works to build muscle, repair tissue, and boost energy.
  • Leucine for muscle repair. Intense workouts create muscle breakdown, which causes something called DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).  Usually this discomfort will set in within 24 hours, sometimes 48, just depending on the person.  Well, Leucine is an amino acid that can help you repair your muscles and recover quicker.  It helps prevent y our muscles from being “eaten up” due to calorie deficits, hard workouts, or stress.