Thinking about taking your fitness game to the next level? Branched-chain amino acids, better known as BCAA’s are one of the best ways to increase lean muscle tissue, recover faster and overall improve performance inside the gym.
BCAAs are not complex – they are a combination of the three most important amino acids in a perfect 2:1:1 ratio. That is L-Leucine, L-Valine and L-Isoleucine, which Leucine having the largest dosage due to its anabolic properties.
BCAAs are, after all, the metabolites of protein.
In other words, all protein you eat is eventually broken down into amino acids to be used in the body for growth and other functions. Supplementing with BCAAs enable you to skip the process of protein metabolism and provide your body with a quick source of readily available energy for strength and recovery.
Main Amino Acids
Our premium Instant BCAA contains a 2:1:1 ratio of Leucine, Valine and Isoleucine. Let’s break down the importance of each as it relates to your strength and recovery.
Hands down the most anabolic amino acid available. Some research will even show that when there is a lack of Leucine in the blood, the process known as muscle protein synthesis (which we will touch on in part 2) does not occur as effectively. Leucine is the major worker bee when it comes to amino acids and recovery.
Perhaps the second most important amino acid – especially for athletes looking to improve strength and endurance. Valine is an important amino acid in muscle metabolism and the repair of muscle tissue, but it also helps to regulate the level of nitrogen in the body.
This amino acid is not one that assists as a primary muscle recovery tool, but more of an energy metabolite. Supplementing with an instant Isoleucine will provide the muscles with energy in the form of acetyl-CoA, which is the same molecule you make as you break down sugars.
Increase Anabolic Strength
Amino acids are one of the most unique products in the fitness industry. At a low cost per serving, they serve as one of the most effective sources of strength and recovery.
BCAA formulas can also be manipulated to emphasize a specific goal.
Those looking for the highest strength potential can add L-glutamine or increase the percentage of leucine.
Stay tuned for part two where we discuss the best uses of BCAA supplements