Health & Fitness

What Are BCAAs?

If you’ve decided to take training and working out seriously, the next step is making sure you’re consuming the right nutrition and supplements alongside, to ensure all your hard work is paying off. While watching your calorie intake during training is important for those trying to shred, it can be detrimental to muscle mass. BCCA supplementation is especially helpful for those on a low-calorie diet to promote to muscle growth during fat loss.

What are BCAAS?

BCAA stands for Branch Chain Amino Acids, essentially, these are the building blocks of protein, of these amino acids, 9 of these are essential. The most important, making up 33% of muscle, are leucine, isoleucine and valine, these three amino acids are what most BCAA supplements contain.

How do they work?

BCAA’s stimulate protein synthesis increasing muscle growth and repair. How does it do this? Well, take the following equation:

Muscle mass = rate of protein synthesis – rate of protein breakdown.

If the rate of protein synthesis is equal to the rate of protein breakdown, you don’t gain or lose muscle mass. However, if the rate of protein synthesis exceeds the rate of protein breakdown, you gain muscle mass. Get it? So, if BCAA’s stimulate protein synthesis, they’ll help you increase your muscle mass, #gains.

The Benefits

Along with building muscle mass, BCAA’s have many other uses within the body, particularly within sport, but others include:

  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Enhancing sports performance
  • Protecting against amino acid deficiencies
  • Reducing fatigue

How do I take BCAA?

We’ve got your muscle mass gains sorted here at myvitamins, with our BCAA tablets that contain a 2:1:1 ratio of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.  We recommend consuming 3-5 Tablets 2-4 times daily for optimal results. You can increase the effectiveness of BCAA’s by consuming 10mg of Vitamin B6 with every 10g of BCAA.

Adam Barrett

Adam Barrett

Resident Health and Fitness Expert