If you’re stuck in a rut with your diet and supplement regimen, then maybe it’s time to branch out to Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). While these amino acids are not new to the supplement scene, new research continues to show that they can have a significant impact on your training. Composed of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine – these aminos form the perfect trifecta for helping you reach your bodybuilding and athletic goals.
Of the 20 amino acids that our body’s use for muscle and other important tissues, BCAAs may be the most important of all. As indicated by their name, they have a unique configuration that results in a branched structure not seen in other aminos. Also, unlike other amino acids, they are primarily broken down in muscle as opposed to the liver. The ability of muscles to directly breakdown BCAAs means they can serve as an alternative source of muscle fuel, especially during extended exercise when carbohydrate stores may start to dwindle.*
Probably the most exciting feature about BCAAs for bodybuilders and athletes is their ability to support protein synthesis.* The BCAAs, and especially Leucine, are able to directly activate key enzymes that are involved in building protein.* As if that weren’t good enough, supplementing with BCAAs may help to decrease protein breakdown as well.*
So just how much BCAAs are needed in order to harness all of their benefits? It really all depends on how much you weigh and your individual workout routine. It is often recommended to take between 85 to 100 mg per kilogram of bodyweight. For those of you not to familiar with the metric system (it never did really take off in the U.S.) this translates to about 6.5 – 7.5 grams per day for a 170 lb. individual, or 7.6 – 9 grams in a 200 lb. individual. You can take your daily dose pre-workout, and follow that up with your recovery protein shake immediately after exercise.
Directions For BCAA 5000: Add one (1) scoop of powder to 6-8 ounces of cold water or milk and consume immediately after exercise. Take 2 servings per day
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any medications, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Store in a dry place and avoid excessive heat.
Before beginning any program of weight loss, consult your health care practitioner. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
* 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.