• Shannon Low

BCAAs: Everything You Need to Know About BCAAs

Updated: Jan 5



Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) are essential amino acids which consist of leucine, valine and isoleucine. This means that these amino acids are not made in the body even though they make up more than a third of the protein found in our tissues. They can be widely found in dairy, eggs, meat, poultry, and fish. Even so, some individuals will consume supplementary BCAAs as an alternative source of energy.


Benefits of BCAAs


1. Delay and limit fatigue during prolonged exercise


BCAA can contribute to additional energy during long exercise, which allows you to perform movements of higher intensity and frequency. This leads to more effective workouts and better performance in the long run.


2. Promote muscle gain


BCCA contains leucine which initiates muscle protein synthesis - the process of making muscles. Boosting muscle growth is one of the most common reasons why people take BCAA supplements. However, BCAA by itself is not sufficient by itself to achieve the best results, unlike whey protein which contains all essential amino acids.


3. Reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)


BCCA contains leucine which initiates muscle protein synthesis - the process of making muscles. Boosting muscle growth is one of the most common reasons why people take BCAA supplements. However, BCAA by itself is not sufficient by itself to achieve the best results, unlike whey protein which contains all essential amino acids.


4. Improve exercise performance


BCCA contains leucine which initiates muscle protein synthesis - the process of making muscles. Boosting muscle growth is one of the most common reasons why people take BCAA supplements. However, BCAA by itself is not sufficient by itself to achieve the best results, unlike whey protein which contains all essential amino acids.


5. Protect and enhance one’s immune system


BCCA contains leucine which initiates muscle protein synthesis - the process of making muscles. Boosting muscle growth is one of the most common reasons why people take BCAA supplements. However, BCAA by itself is not sufficient by itself to achieve the best results, unlike whey protein which contains all essential amino acids.


BCAAs are often taken before or after a workout session to help you boost your performance. As BCAAs are safe with uncommon side effects, it is suitable for anyone exercising regardless of whether you are an elite athlete or everyday fitness enthusiast. As BCAAs will leave a lingering bitter taste in your mouth, unflavoured BCAA powder may not be your cup of tea. But don’t worry! Myprotein offers a wide range of BCAA products in many different forms - tablets, drinks, powder - there will definitely be something for everyone.


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