Branch Chain Amino Acids or BCAAs might be rather new, on the supplement front in the wellness industry, but have been able to leave an impression in the minds of the fitness freaks. Everyone is questioning the credibility of BCAAs and much to their surprise; all those who have tried this recovery add-on have nothing but positive things to say about it.
What are BCAAs?
Amino Acids are the essential part of protein, which is vital of human growth and existence. Out of which, 9 amino acids are considered to be essential for us to survive and our body is incapable of producing it. We can only ingest it in the body through our diet. From the 9 amino acids, 3 that form 33% of the amino acids that form the muscle tissue are what we are talking about today in this article.
Branch Chain Amino Acid consists of Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine, in different ratios, to help aid in muscle recovery, muscle growth and fat loss.
How do they work?
The building block of our muscles, each of the three BCAAs, Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine has a significant role to play. After excessive workout, high intensity training, the body turns into catabolic state. The glucose levels are rapidly decreasing and the protein from the muscles starts to be consumed by the liver to create glucose and support the body. These three amino acids are anti-catabolic and anabolic in nature.
Leucine helps in protein synthesis, Isoleucine increases the level of glucose in the cells, whereas Valine helps regulate blood sugar and stimulate the nervous system as well as brain functioning.
What are the benefits of BCAAs?
These anabolic agents allow a greater number of benefits to the body. Although you can find these in whey protein powders, when they are consumed separately, the body instantly consumes them. However, when taken through protein powders, they go through the process of digestion and are consumed gradually.
“BCAA’s are both anabolic and anti-catabolic because of their ability to significantly increase protein synthesis, facilitate the release of hormones such as growth hormone (GH), IGF-1, and insulin, and help maintain a favorable testosterone to cortisol ratio.”
Some of the benefits of BCAAs are:
- They aid in muscle recovery and muscle growth.
- It enhances the protein synthesis
- Works as nitrogen boosters and offer instant energy during intense workout sessions.
- BCAAs are known to burn fat faster and aid in fat loss.
- Increases performance during the workout and the last reps become a bit easier.
- It increases stamina, decreases fatigue, and develop endurance.
- Stimulates the production of insulin and reduces the risk of diabetes.
- Prevents muscle loss as it induces glucose levels to rise in the cell.
- Helps in maintaining hormonal balance and induces growth hormone like IGH-1 etc.
- Helps maintain testosterone to cortisol ratio
All these hosts of benefits come with no cost or side effects. There is no evidence of side effects from consuming these essential amino acids. The only side effects, which might follow are fatigue or lack of coordination.