As we all know from basic biology, Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Muscles size cannot grow without them.
Branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs, are a special group of amino acids. They are some of the most proven athletic supplements one can take for direct assimilation. The benefits of BCAAs includes less muscle fatigue, higher levels of other free amino acids, faster recovery and better protein absorption. Not getting enough of them can lead to muscle loss.
Let’s take a closer look at how these supplements work and why you should include BCAA supplementation in your workout stack regimen.
Proteins are synthesized from long strings of molecules called amino acids.
Amino acids have many functions in our Body:
- Build new cells and repair tissues
- Create energy
- Take part in the enzyme and hormone system
- Build RNA and DNA the building blocks of life
- Synthesize antibodies to fight against infections
- Carry oxygen throughout the body
Amino acids are needed to build muscle, red blood cells, and hundreds of other molecules. The human body can produce all except 9 of them, which you have to get through your diet or supplementation. You can get them from eating protein or taking amino acid supplements.
The group of 9 amino acids the body can't produce are called essential amino acids. These include isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, histidine, and valine.
Non-Essential Amino Acids
- Aspartic Acid
- Glutamic Acid
Essential Amino Acids
Branched-Chain Amino Acids
The branched-chain amino acids are a group of three essential amino acids:
The branched-chain group is different from other essential amino acids in that they are mostly metabolized in skeletal muscle instead of the liver.
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