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UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS OF BCAAs
Your muscles deserve maximum care after everything you put them through. The famous saying, “No pain, no gain”, is not just a catchy statement, it’s a fact. Muscle soreness is a part of the process; however, it also leads to injuries. Taking the proper supplements during or after your training can maintain muscle health, reduce soreness, increase recovery time, build muscle, and prevent injuries.
BCAAs or Branch Chain Amino Acids are used to provide energy directly to the muscles, promote muscle growth, and enhance muscle health. The three necessary BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine and valine.
The human body will use these amino acids for the following reasons:
- Isoleucine – Increases endurance, aids in healing and repair of muscle tissue, and provides energy. Found in fish, cashews, eggs, chicken, soy protein, and plant seeds.
- Leucine – Protects muscle cells, regulates blood sugar levels, and increases growth hormone production. Found in wheat, soy flour, and rice.
- Valine – Regulates nitrogen balance, increases muscle energy, and enhances muscle metabolism. Found in dairy products, red meat, and grains.