BCAA - What are they and do I need them? - Edge of Wellness

BCAA – What are they and do I need them?

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are the main three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.  These amino acids are the building block of our muscle fibers and taking BCAAs as a supplement can really benefit your workout routines.  BCAAs are naturally found in foods high in protein but can be better absorbed when taken as a supplement as digestion sometime slows or inhibits the process.  BCAAs taken at specific times can be a game changer if understood how they work.

What DO They DO

BCAAs both can increase muscle growth when consistently used over time and also help fight the fatigue factor when beginning new workouts or cross training.  BCAAs will help prevent muscle loss if taken before and/or during workouts, especially of working out on an empty stomach or if on a calorie deficit diet.

When Should I Take Them

First, taking BCAAs before and/or during your workout can help sustain endurance and give you that extra “reserve in the tank” to bring it when you would otherwise feel spent.

Taking BCAAs post workout is a great option for recovery.  BCAAs will help inhibit the breakdown of muscle fibers and hence support recovery.  So you can hit it hard again faster that with just a normal recovery.

There is so much more to know about BCAAs and the proper dosage and who and when they can be taken for maximum benefits.  For more information on the power of BCAAs and which are the best-performing brands read, The Proof is in the Powder.  (Link)