BCAA 2:1:1 (Branched Chain Amino Acids) Powder

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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 BCAA's 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, bodybuilders, and anyone else that might be routinely involved in strenuous physical activity.

BCAAs 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 BCAA's. 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. Valine is usually found in flour, soy, mushrooms, peanuts, and meats.


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.

Supplement Facts

Serving size: 1500 milligrams
Serving per container: *
Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value**
L-Leucine 750 mg *
L-Isoleucine 375 mg *
L-Valine 375 mg *
* Daily Value not established.
** Based on 2,000 calorie diet


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As a dietary supplement, take 1500 mg three times daily. Individual needs vary. For best results, use prior to workouts.

Serving Size & Timing

A single serving of BCAA supplement is around 1500mg of the powder, which is to be administered three times a day (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 health care professional beforehand. For those that do not have a precise measuring instrument, 1500mg is about 3/4 tsp.

This supplement should be consumed 30 minutes before any exercise or 30 minutes afterwards. Taking it with a meal is generally preferable, as it may help eliminate any feelings of nausea that may 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, regardless of how well mixed it is with another food source.


The blend of ingredients that has found to be most effective for this supplement is a mixture of 2:1:1 of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, respectively. This product contains an insignificant amount of lecithin. Supplements should be stored in an area that is both dry and cool and away from the light.

Amino acids have a grainy look and a white coloration. They are bitter in taste and are totally insoluble. The powder can be administered effectively by sprinkling on a meal, but since it is so bitter, the most common preference is to blend the supplement into some kind of smoothie or fruit-based puree.


People that introduce BCAAs into their system too rapidly have reported experiencing fatigue, muscle stress and muscle pains; this should subside if introduced in smaller amounts and over time, rather than all at once. Although there are no known drug interactions associated with the supplement, it may be wise to first discuss use with a physician. This supplement should be taken in lower doses than recommended if liver and kidney issues are of a concern.


During exercise, it is common to consume BCAAs combined with a fast-release carbohydrate such as dextrose or maltodextrin. This is designed to prevent fatigue and thus improve athletic performance. This product also stacks well with l-glutamine; together they form an unbeatable muscle-preserving duo.


Branched Chain Amino Acids have been well researched and are a safe supplement. We already consume them daily in our natural diet, and there is no known toxicity of Branched Chain Amino Acids. In addition, there are no known bans or restrictions in regard to supplementing with Branched Chain Amino Acids.

There is no guarantee of specific results and results can vary. 

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. 

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