What’s the big deal about BCAA’s (branched-chain amino acids)? Why are we always hearing about them and seeing them in all of those muscle supplements.
Amino acids are in short, the building blocks of protein and your muscles. They stack together to feed and build your muscles. Your body can make its own amino acids, but many come from the foods you eat such as meat, eggs, and other proteins. BCAA’s in particular are in limited supply in your body, and they are the limiting factor in your body’s ability to build more muscle.
Regardless of what your fitness goals are, more muscle is key to your success. Muscle tones your body, burns fat, helps you to improve your athletic performance, and more. Muscle building is typically slow, and it can easily accelerate fat loss, but unlike fat loss, it cannot be accelerated in the same way.
Benefits of BCAA’s
So what’s so special about BCAA’s above other amino acids? BCAA’s include leucine, isoleucine, and valine. They have a chemical makeup that looks like a tree branch, giving them greater details. BCAA’s in particular help to prevent muscle breakdown, building proteins so that you are getting more faster than you break them down. Leucine is the key BCAA here.
From there, BCAA’s give you fuel for exercise. When you are working out particularly hard, BCAA’s are able to act as fuel for your muscles, helping you to burn more fat and slim down. Various studies have shown that BCAA intake can improve leanness, generally being more associated with a leaner body.
BCAA’s can be found in virtually every protein supplement, drink, powder, as well as fish, eggs, lean beef, chicken, and turkey. However, if you don’t want your entire diet to center around BCAA’s, supplements can be extremely useful and easy to supplement into your day.