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Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
- Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine in a 2:1:1 Ratio
- Prevents Muscle Breakdown
- 100% Pure Powder
Branch Chain Amino Acids, most commonly shortened to BCAA, are made up of the amino acids L-valine, L-leucine, and L-isoleucine respectively. These are amino acids that are important to just about everyone, not just for athletes or bodybuilders. While at rest, these amino acids are necessary for promoting the healing of wounds, and during exercise, they are known for preventing the breakdown of muscle tissue. When they are working independently, they are just as necessary. Leucine is known for its contribution to wound recovery for injuries sustained by muscles, bones, and even skin; on the other hand isoleucine is known for boosting the general energy in the body while also helping in production of hemoglobin which is necessary for healing wounds too. Finally, Valine is known for helping to maintain the balance of nitrogen in the body which is necessary for developing muscles.
There three different amino acids are totally essential to sustaining human life. A human being will not be able to survive if these amino acids are not produced and consumed regularly. They are referred to as branch chain amino acids because they have a chemical structure which separates them from the rest of the amino acid family that are also considered essential. In addition, These BCAAs make up 40% of total body protein content and represent around 15 to 25 percent of total protein intake overall.
Leucine is the product of protein hydrolysis by way of various enzymes present in the pancreas. This reaction is part of the overall digestive process and is absolutely necessary in maintaining healthy growth levels in children and infants as well as keeping regulated nitrogen levels in human adults. Valine is essential in maintaining the structure of various proteins that it has been incorporated into. Isoleucine is again, a chemical used to help stimulate the production and circulation of energy throughout the body. Each of these different amino acids is taken directly into the muscle during the metabolic process which makes them great candidates for muscle building for athletes, body builders, and anyone else that might be routinely involved in strenuous physical activity.
BCAA's are found in their greatest natural quantities in products such as red meat and many types of dairy. Protein supplements synthesized from an egg base or from whey are ideal for finding high amounts of BCAAs. Isoleucine alone is found in just about every type of food but particularly high amounts are usually seen in all types of meats including fish, and various cheeses. Leucine is found in more complex and refined sources of sustenance such as corn, yeast, brown rice, etc. And Valine is usually found in flour, soy, mushrooms, peanuts, and meats.
HEALTH BENEFITS PROVIDED BY BRANCH CHAIN AMINO ACIDS
As mentioned before, branch chain amino acids are used as supplements among a large community of athletes and body builder types because of their properties which help improve rates of muscle re-growth and increase general energy production. This means that once the workout is over there are less negative effects afterwards such as excessive tiredness and painful joints and muscles. These BCAAs are particularly important for muscles which are attached to the skeletal structure since they act as their primary source of fuel when they are taxed by long exercise sessions.
BCAAs, because of their relation and necessity to exercise are needed in higher quantities than any of the body’s other essential amino acids. They help in the building of muscle because they decrease the speed at which proteins break down while at the same time promoting their synthesis. They enter the body, and after going through the metabolic process, are turned into muscle tissue. Another way in which isoleucine is important to the body is because of its capacity to help maintain blood sugar levels along with energy levels, and in helping the healing process of bones, skin, and muscle tissue all over the body. Any healthy diet must take Isoleucine into account as it is one of the essential amino acids that is not naturally produced within the body. Leucine is essential because this BCAA is what keeps protein synthesis going on at a normal pace. Valine also helps in synthesis of glucose, a process which takes place in the liver and is useful during any time in which anaerobic activity is taking place.
BCAAs may reach the pinnacle of importance as far as the life of an athlete is concerned, but they are often sought out by those that desire to maintain generally good health because of their multiple uses and healthy properties. These amino acids are metabolized, not in the liver as with most other amino acids, but in the muscle tissue, making them take instant effect during strenuous exercise, which increases their popularity among athletes. Even the smallest amount of exercise can lower levels of BCAAs, leading to feelings of exhaustion over a short time. For anyone interested in maintaining a comprehensive exercise regimen over a long period of time, BCAAs represent a great supplement to maintain this level of activity while minimizing the side effects caused by exhaustion.
Serving Size & Timing
A single serving of BCAA supplement is around 1500mg of the powder which is to be administered 3 times a day or more or less depending on intended effect. The more athletically inclined will usually use more than this, but any deviation from the suggested serving size should be discussed with a healthcare professional before taking any of the supplement. 1500mg, for those that do not have a precise measuring instrument is about three quarters of a teaspoon.
BCAAs have a grainy look and a white coloration. They are bitter in taste and are totally insoluble. It can be administered effectively by sprinkling on a meal, but since it is so bitter, the most common preference people have for taking this powder is to blend it in with some kind of smoothie or fruit based puree. This supplement should be consumed a half hour before any exercise or a half hour afterwards. Taking it with a meal is generally preferable as it may help assuage any feelings of nausea that come with the taking of the supplement. Suggested serving size aside, anyone that takes more than 400mg at once should be prepared to handle the bitter taste, no matter how well mixed in it is with another food source.
Supplement FactsServing size: 1500 milligrams
Serving per container: *
Amount Per Serving
|% Daily Value**|
|L-Leucine 750 mg||*|
|L-Isoleucine 375 mg||*|
|L-Valine 375 mg||*|
** Based on 2,000 calorie diet
sugar, soy, dairy, yeast, gluten, corn and additives.
As a dietary supplement, take 1500 mg (rounded 3/4 tsp) three times daily. Individual needs vary. For best results, use prior to workouts.
|US Standard Measuring Spoons|
INGREDIENTS & FURTHER INFORMATION
CONCENTRATION OF BCAA'S
The blend of ingredients that has found to be most effective in BCAAs is a mixture of 2:1:1 of Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine respectively. This means that a 500 gram serving of BCAAs will contain 250g leucine and 125g of Isoleucine and Valine each. It should be stored in an area that is both dry and cool, and should not be placed in the light.
BCAA SIDE EFFECTS
People that introduce BCAAs into their system too rapidly have reported experiencing fatigue, muscle stress and muscle pains, but this should go away if introduces in smaller amounts and over time rather than all at once. If taking any other drugs while considering this supplement it would be best to discuss this with a physician even if there are no known interactions associated with the drug. If experiencing any kind of kidney or liver affliction this supplement should be taken in lower doses than recommended.
During exercise it is common to consume Branch Chain Amino Acids combined with a fast-release carbohydrate such as Dextrose or Maltodextrin. This is designed to prevent fatigue and thus improve athletic performance. BCAAs also stack well with BP Basics L-Glutamine; together they form an unbeatable muscle-preserving duo.
Branch Chain Amino Acids have been well-researched and are a safe supplement. We already consume them daily in our natural diet.
There is no known toxicity of Branch Chain Amino Acids.
Bans/Restrictions for Use
As far as we are aware there are no known bans or restrictions in regard to supplementing with Branch Chain Amino Acids.
- I would highly recommend the Branch Chain Amino Acids from Bulk Supplement. I found the product mixes very well with water or juice. It is highly quality form of BCAA. I particularly like the packaging the seals easily to keep the power fresh. Taking BCCA has help enhance my recovery from hard running.
On 2/3/14 Paul G. said...
- Every other brand of BCAA I have used has had a tendency to clump up when I mix it making it pretty unpleasant to drink. I've found that these BCAAs mix up perfectly with no grit or residue.
On 1/5/14 matthew said...
- You won't find a higher quality or more pure form of BCAA in the 2:1:1 ratio than this for your workouts. So far, recovery in between sets has been stellar! Highly recommend.
On 1/2/14 William said...
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.