The Truth Behind BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids)
What BCAAs are, what they do and when to take them.
One of the most commonly prescribed supplements when you think about working out are BCAAs, otherwise known as Branch Chain Amino Acids. Although a relatively simple concept and protocol to adhere to, when should you actually take BCAAs and why are they so essential?
To begin, the human body is composed of thousands of different proteins, which are constructed by different amino acids. Out of the 20 essential amino acids that bond together to develop longer chains known as proteins, 9 can only be consumed through your diet. To break it down even further, 3 of these 9 are what construct branched-chain amino acids, aka. BCAAs; valine, isoleucine and leucine. As we will discuss shortly, leucine is the most important essential amino acid when it comes to BCAAs.
Playing an integral role of optimal health, there are multiple benefits to consuming BCAAs. The top benefits include increased muscle growth, prevented muscle wasting, reduced muscle soreness, and increased energy during exercise. While all 3 amino acids act together for these effects, the amino acid leucine holds the strongest role in the formula. This amino is essential for protein synthesis, which not only allows the body to build muscle, but also helps to prevent muscle breakdown during exercise. As a result, BCAAs will help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), and allow for a faster recovery,
Because BCAAs act as an anti-catabolic catalyst in your training, it is optimal to consume them during a workout to prevent muscle breakdown while stimulating growth. It can also be ideal to consume BCAAs first thing upon waking in order to re-stimulate protein synthesis from an overnight fast and take your body out of a catabolic state.
What separates FitStrong BCAAs from other BCAAs, and what our special ingredient is.
The reason that FitStrong BCAAs stand out is due to the amino acid ratio. While the majority of BCAA’s sold on the market contain an improper amino ratio of 2:1:1 (2000mg of leucine, 1000mg of valine and 1000mg of isoleucine), ours has been strategically designed with a 3000mg dosage of Leucine, creating a 3:1:1 ratio. As mentioned, leucine acts as the imperative building block towards muscle protein synthesis and as a savor for muscle mass when you’re dieting down, so it needs to be properly dosed. However, the carefully considered amino goes beyond just assisting your training, it also plays a vital role in overall health. Leucine assists in regulating blood sugar, growth hormone production, repair of bone tissue and wound healing.
To further the unique blend of our BCAAs from other supplement companies we also added a unique ingredient, the essential nutrient CoQ10, otherwise known as Coenzyme Q10. This has quickly become one of the most popular supplements due to its variety of health benefits. CoQ10 is a naturally occurring antioxidant and cellular energy booster that assists in the utilization and creation of energy by supporting the health of your energy-producing mitochondria. It helps to improve heart health, supports brain and skin health, fights free radical damage, aids in vision and hearing health and can act as a remedy behind aging skin. This antioxidant becomes less prevalent with age so adding it in as a supplement, like we did with our BCAAs, acts as a catalyst to optimal health.
When considering what supplements to use in order to be more conducive towards your goals, whether that be muscle growth or achieving a body that functions better, BCAAs play an essential role. The unique blend of FitStrong BCAAs ensures all of these goals can be met. So here’s to continuing advancing towards becoming a healthier, more optimal, you.