Basically there are 9 essential amino acids that are bodies cannot produce on their own, which means we NEED to consume them through diet. Of these 9 there are 3 branch chain amino acids, these BCAAs play a BIG PART in muscle growth and repair!
And now studies are showing BCAAs provide energy to muscles, help the body burn fat and build muscle at the same time. On top of that they speed up the recovery process and reduce muscle soreness.
IF BCAAs are taken while on a strength training program it can increase your testosterone levels and reduce your cortisol. If you’re not to familiar with hormones that’s a GOOD thing! Testosterone is necessary for building lean muscles for men and WOMEN and high levels of cortisol can cause fat storage.
BCAAs also have benefits of stealing energy from fat cells and giving in to undernourished muscle tissue. It is extremely important especially if you’re trying to lean and you’re on a restricted diet. The last thing you want is to be lose muscle because you’re not consuming the proper amount of amino acids.
And of course less soreness and more energy mean a faster recovery. The quicker you recover the faster you can train again which can lead to bigger gains no matter what your goals are.
Where do you get your BCAAs?
BCAAs leucine, isoleucine and valine and are primary found in meat, dairy and protein powders. You can also find BCAA suplements in powders, liquids, and pill form.
I have a hard time swallowing pills and personally find it easiest to take a quick shot of a liquid supplement. There are tons of powders out there I have tried a couple but havent found one I LOVE yet. Experiment and see what works best for you!