What is BCAA? It's an exercise recovery formula made of the ideal ratio of 2 parts Leucine to 1 part Isoleucine and Valine.
Before we dive in, let's talk about the relationship between the body and protein. The body's muscle protein is like a revolving door. It's constantly being broken down and rebuilt! Muscle Protein Synthesis is how the body restores protein lost from intense exercise (Muscle Protein Breakdown).
Muscle protein in the body is made up of twenty Amino Acids. Amino acids = compounds that form proteins. They are also an energy source for the body. When the body consumes food that contains protein, the digestive system will break the protein down into amino acids. The amino acids are combined in various ways to carry out bodily functions. Nine of these amino acids are classified as Essential Amino Acids. EAAs cannot be produced by the body and must be attained through diet and/or supplementation.
Our BCAA formula is comprised of 3 out of the 9 Essential Amino Acids:
Leucine regulates many processes such as protein synthesis and metabolism. It also contributes to regulation of blood-sugar levels; growth and repair of muscle and bone tissue and growth hormone production. Leucine prevents breakdown of muscle proteins after trauma or severe stress.
Isoleucine is concentrated in muscle tissues in humans and helps regulate blood sugar and energy levels. It has a variety of functions, such as assisting wound healing and stimulating immune function. In food, Isoleucine can be found in meats, fish, cheese, eggs, and most seeds and nuts.
Valine maintains mental stamina, muscle coordination, and emotional calm. In food, it can be found in soy, cheese, fish, meats and vegetables. Valine supplementation is used for muscle growth, tissue repair, and energy.
According to the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, about 70% of EAAs released during intense exercise are reincorporated into muscle protein (Muscle Protein Synthesis). To make up for the 30% lost, supplement with BCAA to help replenish EAAs in the body and increase MPS.
To achieve balance and build new muscle protein, take our BCAA formula in conjunction with protein immediately after exercise. This will help to build lean muscle, promote recovery, and improve overall endurance.
Benefits of BCAA on Your Fitness Regime
- Reduce MUSCLE SORENESS
- Improve HYDRATION
- Improve ENDURANCE
How and when to take it?
- 5-10 grams once per day, even on days that you do not train.
- 1 scoop of our formula is 5 grams
- Sip on them (powder/water form) during or post-workout
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Citric acid - a weak organic acid found in citrus fruits. It is a natural preservative and is also used to add an acidic (sour) taste to foods and soft drinks.
Natural & artificial flavour
Malic acid - used to improve the absorption of the product in the body.
Silicon dioxide - serves as an anti-caking agent to avoid clumping.
Sucralose - a zero-calorie artificial sweetener. Sucralose is made from sugar in a multistep chemical process in which three hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine atoms.
Sunflower lecithin - products to keep certain ingredients from separating out.
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