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Countdown to Atlanta's NGA ~ NOPI World Bodybuilding & Figure Championships: What are BCAA's?

Supplement Your Workout Like A Pro!

Proven building blocks of muscle mass and size, Branch Chain Amino Acids( (L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Leucine) are the serious athlete's best friend. They make up 35% of muscle mass and must be present for molecular growth and development to take place. Metabolized directly in the muscle, BCAA’s can improve nitrogen retention by sparing other amino acid groups for repair and rebuilding. They also help to build and repair muscle cells, RNA, DNA, and form antibodies to help in disease prevention.

During highly intense exercise, the amount of BCAAs required increases dramatically because the body creates a higher demand due to the imposed physical exertion and stress. Some of the most remarkable benefits of supplementing with BCAAs are their ability to enhance recovery, prevent catabolism, avoid onset of exercise fatigue, support protein synthesis via nutrient signaling, and enhance the insulin response and anabolic effect of training when ingested with other key nutrients following exercise. Also, BCAAs can actually reduce and even help to prevent the onset of fatigue during exercise, because of their unique ability to block the absorption of trytophan in the brain. Tryptophan acts as a precursor to serotonin production, which is what causes feelings of sleepiness and fatigue.

The most dramatic effect of the BCAAs is it's substantial increase in muscle protein synthesis which evidently unlocks massive potential for cellular muscle growth. Mass! Mass! Mass! Research has shown muscles benefit from BCAA supplementation primarily intra-workout (during the workout), because it's when the muschles signal protein synthesis to stop that the branch chain amino acids step in to repair and refuel lost energy. So if there is already a complex and abundant amount of amino acids available, these building blocks can be used strictly for building instead of repairing. Properly fueling your body and muscles before, during, and after exercise is what really can unlock the secrets to your warrior physique.



  • Charlene Collins ~ Atlanta Family Health Examiner 5 years ago

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