BCAA is short for Branched Chain Amino Acid. The BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine
and valine. These are 3 of the 9 essential amino acids in the human body.
Essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body. You must get them through
your diet. These 3 unique amino acids make up over 40% of your daily required
essential amino acid intake.
BCAAs are unique in many ways but one extraordinary aspect of these 3 amino
acids is that they bypass liver metabolism and are transported and metabolized
directly in muscle. They are the primary building blocks of muscle tissue
proteins. They also are carbon and nitrogen precursors for the synthesis of
alanine, glutamate, and glutamine.
BCAAs are the most extensively researched amino acids. When it
comes to turning on anabolic activity in muscle tissue while turning off
anti-catabolic activity, no other amino acids have show shown such direct
This is the best capsulated BCAA product I have used for the lowest price. I like the 750mg dosing intervals it allows, this makes it viable for females too who want a lesser dose and may appreciate the smaller dosing steps available.
2-3 of these a month will do more for most people than the same amount of money spent on exotic supplements (though those are cool too - Biotest Hot-rox Extreme and Tribex is my favorite stack). I have used it during fat-loss and muscle gain periods with excellent results.
During cutting, I used 6g (8 caps) between each of 6 meals (40 caps a day, 2.4 bottles in 30 days) and it allowed me to keep mass the same while losing 4% body fat in one month (12% to 8%), only other supplements were creatine monohydrate, beta alanine (Primaforce), fish oil (NOW 200 caps regular cheap ones), coupled with a diet of animal protein, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables.
Good stuff! I have been using this brand for about 4 years. I find capsule more suitable for me than powders. A good BCAA is usually a 'must have'! These are perfect because of the reputation of the company and the value for dollar.
I also use their GL3 caps and Creatine powder, both just as acceptable to me.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, rice flour, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, and water.
Recommended Use: As a dietary supplement, take 7 capsules three times per day - upon waking, between meals and before bed. On training days, take 7 capsules before, during, and after training and 7 capsules before bed. For endurance athletes take 7capsules before and after training or event and 7 capsules before bed.
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Anabolic Effects of BCAA
BCAAs are shown to have anabolic effects in human muscle. They are required for
muscle tissue maintenance and preserve glycogen stores in muscle tissue. The
BCAAs are the primary amino acids responsible for protein synthesis. In fact,
the tissue building effects from protein are primarily due to BCAAs.
The anabolic activity of BCAAs are from multiple pathways. Studies show that the
BCAAs and in particular leucine stimulates muscle protein synthesis by acting as
both a signal and a substrate. One way BCAAs do this is through signaling mTOR
activity in human muscle tissue. mTOR is the primary regulator of muscle growth
through amino acid sensoring. BCAAs appear to signal mTOR to activate protein
synthesis after exercise.
This is a significant anabolic signaling effect activated by BCAA.
Anti-Catabolic Effects of BCAA
BCAAs effect on increasing lean muscle tissue stems from its anabolic activity
as well as its anti-catabolic activity. Studies show taking BCAAs before
training is effective at suppressing muscle tissue breakdown after training.
These study results suggest that BCAAs have a protein-sparing effect during the
recovery after exercise, and that protein synthesis is stimulated and/or protein
degradation is decreased. There are also indications, though difficult to
measure, that these same effects happen during exercise as well.
With BCAA supplementation you get greater protein synthesis and less protein
Reduce Muscle Damage and Soreness
BCAAs reduce training induced muscle damage and soreness. Studies performed on
athletes supplementing with BCAA showed reduced levels of key markers indicative
of muscle damage, reduced inflammation, and effectively reduced perceived muscle
Blood samples after BCAA intake showed dramatic decreases in creatine kinase
(CK) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) - both markers of muscle damage. Lower
levels of CK and LDH indicate less muscle tissue damage and inflammation. Less
muscle damage, soreness and inflammation leads to quicker recovery times. Your
body spends more time in anabolic mode.
BCAAs Reduces Fatigue and Enhance Endurance
One unique effect of BCAA is its prevention of central fatigue allowing for high
intensity training for longer periods of time. Research on BCAA supplementation
during exercise does show they increase mental alertness and reduce mental
In the blood stream BCAAs compete with tryptophan (the tranquilizing amino
acid). Tryptophan is the direct precursor to the neuro- transmitter serotonin.
This depresses the central nervous system and produces symptoms of fatigue. When
you exercise intensely, the ratio of tryptophan to BCAA is altered in favor of
increases in tryptophan. This in itself makes you fatigued. Several studies with
various types of athletes confirm that BCAAs reduce mental fatigue and increase
mental alertness during their respective events.
Less fatigue during exercise and other physical activities as well as sharper
mental focus and concentration supports enhanced athletic performance. Anytime
you can train harder and concentrate better you'll get results faster.
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