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The BCAAs are the branched amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. These are also referred to as essential amino acids—of which they are three of the nine—meaning that we must obtain them from our diet as they can not be synthesized by the body and play vital roles in human health.

 

BCAA supplementation is often used during exercise (referred to as intra-workouts) for their wide range of beneficial effects. Interestingly, muscle protein synthesis (or muscle building) is decreased during strenuous exercise, while protein degradation increases, which is a catabolic state. Bodybuilders might be wondering at this point, how the heck do muscles grow? It is only once re-feeding with quality protein (or amino acids) occurs after exercise that an anabolic or muscle-building environment is created. And of course, if heavy weight lifting was undertaken and muscle micro-tears occur, then the muscle will tend to be rebuilt larger, which the body's way of trying to minimise muscle damage in the future. It is because BCAAs increase the rate of protein synthesis—via mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)—that they are believed to create a more anabolic environment during exercise, thus reducing skeletal muscle protein breakdown.

 

BCAAs are naturally contained within the protein structure of whey protein, and constitute approximately 15-20% of the amino acids found within. This is one of the reasons that whey protein is so useful to support muscle mass and prevent muscle loss. Leucine, one of the three BCAAs, has also been demonstrated to stimulate fatty acid oxidation (fat-burning) and glucose uptake by the cell. This means that leucine may also improve stamina and improve the rate at which fat stores are used for energy. BCAAs also help to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness, perhaps due to their ability to stimulate muscle healing. 

 

BCAA supplements are best taken immediately before exercise, or towards the first half of your session. Alternatively, they can be sipped on throughout the day, preferably between meals or with a low protein meal.  

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