Have you heard people discuss BCAAs and wondered what on earth they are talking about? Well, firstly BCAAs is short for Branched-Chain Amino Acids and they are made up of the essential amino acids L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine. We call them essential amino acids (EAAs) because the body can't produce these acids on their own and this is why BCAA supplementation is so popular. Countless scientific studies have backed BCAA's and they can be an integral part of your supplement regime if used correctly.
What Can BCAAs Do For You?
There are many benefits to taking BCAAs and even those who don't religiously workout still have a lot to gain from BCAA supplementation.
The main benefits are as follows;
- A trigger for Protein synthesis
- An increase in your glucose uptake and insulin sensitivity
- Reduce muscle soreness
- Increased energy levels
- Minimised muscle Loss
- Increased fat loss
- Increase longevity
The multiple benefits of BCAAs means that they are a good supplement addition for those who want to build muscle, tone up or drop fat. You will notice on site that we offer instantised BCAAs in a ratio of 2:1:1, 4:1:1 and 8:1:1 but what does this mean for you?
What Is The Difference In BCAA Ratios?
When looking at the ratios of BCAAs,the first number represents the amount of Leucine to Isoleucine and Valine. So 2:1:1 has twice the amount of Leucine to Isoleucine and Valine. The ratio of Leucine is important as research has shown that Leucine is the magic ingredient when it comes to creating that lean look. However, the Leucine must be taken in conjunction with other BCAAs to have any effect. The 2:1:1 ratio has been show to be the minimum ratio needed to feel the benefits of BCAA supplementation and the 8:1:1 ratio ensures that you have a high dose of that Magic Leucine. If you train with high intensity and want maximum results from each session, we recommend the 8:1:1 ratio.
What Is The Best Time To Take BCAAs?
Also, due to the positive impact on energy levels and endurance, taking BCAAs during your workout is an ideal time; You will workout for longer and your body will get a kick start in protein synthesis ready to optimise the gains from your post workout shake. Supplementing with BCCAs intra workout, should also reduce muscle soreness after your session which means less or no DOMS!
The Key Points to BCAAs
BCAAs help your body burn fuel in a more efficient way which improves endurance.
BCAAs cause a reduction in DOMS meaning you can train more frequently and get better results.
BCAAs will help your body utilise protein which means greater strength gains.
The higher the Leucine ratio the more fat burning power your BCAAs have.
When looking at BCAAS, scientists note that BCAAs “behave as evolutionary conserved modulators of lifespan,”This means that they should help you live longer if you manage to get enough of them in your system. They also have been found to improve cognition because of the effect they have on the neurotransmitters, improving synthesis of glutamate and GABA and inhibiting serotonin.