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Understanding Branch Chain Amino Acids


BCAA is a simple abbreviation for Branch Chain Amino Acids. These amino acids help to build muscle tissue and affect muscle growth like no other amino acids on the planet. The essential branch chain amino acids are and include leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Your body cannot make these amino acids themselves which is why your diet is so essential.

Most diets consist of foods high in branch chain amino acids which are necessary for the growth of muscle tissue.  Each amino acid performs a specific function in the production of protein synthesis and provides proteins to different parts of the body. BCAAs are critical in muscle development as they provide approximately one-third of the nutrients that muscles use during synthesis. Branch chain amino acids also affect the production of testosterone and the amount of muscle retention one can have during a dieting phase.

Leucine is metabolized through the fat that is located within the body. Leucine dictates insulin performance as well as insulin sensitivity. With Leucine BCAAs can create more fat loss, muscle growth, and also help to prevent diabetes. Leucine acts as a signal within the body to tell it to use more nutrients to help build more protein but on the flipside it must be taken in proportion with the other two essential amino acids in this group.

BCAAs are best when used in combination of 2:1:1 of leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Imbalance or change in this ratio can result in deficiency of isoleucine and valine. Leucine tells the cells to grow thereby making muscle cells grow larger and adding more muscle to one’s frame.

Isoleucine is metabolized through both the fat in the body as well as through carbohydrate digestion. Vitamin B7 as well as Vitamin H is necessary for the body to be able to metabolize isoleucine. Excess isoleucine converts to fat except when in the form of supplemental BCAA where it can be stored directly in the body for immediate use rather than the necessary conversion of fat to energy.

Valine is also metabolized through carbohydrate digestion. Valine has been used in the treatment of sickle-cell disease. It completes the trifecta of essential acids that work together to get you yoked. BCAAs in supplement form are absorbed into the blood immediately upon consumption. It also does not go through the digestive process as food when consumed. Therefore, in supplemental form, immediate use of the BCAAs are available for the body to use as opposed to the consumption of food which takes time because the body must metabolize it before one can use it.

BCAAs work best when taken before, during, and after training. The dosage also is typically regulated due to ones bodyweight or the amount of resistance training they are planning on doing. You should aim to take BCAA supplementation with breakfast, in-between meals, and before bed. BCAAs in natural form are bad tasting. Here at NutraCap Labs we provide this supplement in powders that are pleasantly flavored, and include them in mixtures that have positive flavor enhancement. BCAAs also come in capsules and pills but our most popular form is in flavored powder form.


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