BCAAs are the essential aminos leucine, isoleucine, and valine. The combination of these three amino acids makes up approximately 1/3 of skeletal muscle tissue in the human body. BCAAs play a very important role in protein synthesis which is the production of proteins in cells from amino acids to build muscle.
BCAAs must be present for molecular growth and development. Eight are essential and cannot be manufactured by the body, and the rest are non-essential- can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies, they are part of the enzyme and hormonal system; they build RNA and DNA and they carry oxygen throughout the body.
Other Functions of BCAAs…
BCAAs act as nitrogen carriers which assist the muscles in synthesizing other amino acids needed for anabolic muscle action. In other words, BCAAs combine simpler amino acids to form a complex whole muscle tissue. In this action, BCAAs stimulate production of insulin, the main function of which is to allow circulating blood sugar to be taken up by the muscle cells and used as a source of energy. This insulin production promotes amino acid uptake by the muscle.
How do BCAA’s Work?
During intense weight training the body is normally in a highly catabolic condition. At this time glycogen stores are being rapidly depleted and the liver in turn must synthesize glucose by a conversion of L-Alanine. Alanine makes up over half of the amino acid content released from muscles during exercise.
The release of BCAA’s is generally recognized as the signal to the body to stop protein syntheses in the muscles, especially during times of stress. Providing the Branched Chain Amino Acids, especially during those times of stress may profoundly affect this signal and allow protein synthesis to continue its process.
So, for those of you who like things listed, some of the benefits of BCAA’s are:
Increased muscle recovery
Endurance during workouts
Stimulation of protein synthesis
Stimulatoin of fat loss (Leucine)
Help prevent diabetis (by increasing insulin sensitivity)
Take BCAAs before and after workouts and consistently. My personal experience has been amazing. Muscle growth, more quality workouts, better focus, fast recovery, and minimal pain. I mix them with my Vi-Shape nutritional shake for even BETTER results!
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