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What are Branch Chain Amino Acids at Legendary Supplements?

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Branch Chain Amino Acids

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From beginner to expert, and whatever your preferred form of fitness, BCAA’s should be part of the foundation of your supplementation.

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What are Branch Chain Amino Acids?

BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids) are the very building blocks of muscle. Approximately 35% of our muscle mass is composed of  BCAA’s and they are essential for molecular growth and synthesis. They build muscle, power muscle, repair muscle – sounds crucial for any workout! And along with all that, BCAA’s also build RNA and DNA, form antibodies for the immune system, make up a part of our endocrine system, and carry oxygen throughout our bodies.

You’ll hear BCAA’s referred to as either “essential” or “non-essential”. The essential aminos are eight different ones which the body cannot synthesize on its own. The others are called non-essential because the body can form them on its own as long as it is given proper nutrition.

During workouts our bodies use glycogen for fuel. But as that glycogen stores are depleted (especially in people who are dieting) then the body turns to muscle breakdown (protein catabolism) in order to gain amino acids for energy. By taking in aminos during those times of stress, the muscle can be better preserved.

BCAA supplements are most common in powder form as drink mixes. Although BCAA’s are found in protein powders and even in some pre-workouts they are mixed with fillers, dyes, sweeteners a You’ll hear BCAA’s referred to as either “essential” or “non-essential”. The essential aminos are eight different ones which the body cannot synthesize on its own. The others are called non-essential because the body can form them on its own as long as it is given proper nutrition.

During workouts our bodies use glycogen for fuel. But as that glycogen stores are depleted (especially in people who are dieting) then the body turns to muscle breakdown (protein catabolism) in order to gain amino acids for energy. By taking in aminos during those times of stress, the muscle can be better preserved.

BCAA supplements are most common in powder form as drink mixes. Although BCAA’s are found in protein powders and even in some  pre-workouts they are mixed with fillers, dyes, sweeteners and carbohydrates. Using a BCAA powder allows your system to more quickly absorb the readily-available aminos without first filtering through everything else.

Aminos can be taken anytime throughout the day but it is highly recommended to take them before a workout for increased performance and again after the workout to help speed recovery of the muscles.

View the variety of brands and flavors of BCAA’s here  

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