BCAA – Does it really work?
BCAA is a supplement more and more people choose to supplement their diet with. You can see it on the web daily and there are numbers of articles about it in all the exercise magazines, blogs and other social media. But why are so many people starting to use BCAA really? Is it just because it’s a powder product that tastes good or does it have any purpose? In this article will I cover the basic facts about BCAA.
BCAA is the abbreviation of branched chain amino acids and come from the English Branched Chain Amino Acidsand consists of three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.
What makes BCAA a very interesting supplement are first and foremost:
1. Their effect on protein synthesis and;
2. The creation of protein from amino acids and their affinity on protein synthesis
Being individual amino acids and not structured into proteins they don’t have to be broken down and can be absorbed in their original form. BCAA oxidation increases during streneous physical activity (yeah, what you’re supposed to be doing in the gym), and supplementation can be benefical both from a performance and physique-oriented point of view. However, only if the diet is deficient in them.
It could be beneficially to take BCAA while dieting when you are on a low calorie diet and may exercise on an empty stomach. Many users say they experience better energy levels and delayed fatigue during the workout when taking BCAA before or/and during the workout. This could be due to the inhibitory effect of serotonin synthesis exhibited by the BCAA’s.