How BCAAs Affect Your Overall Performance 2017-08-18 – Posted in: Blog
Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are known as branched-chain amino acids (BCAA).
These amino acids are highly prominent in muscle, and account for 14-18% of its total amino acid content.
BCAAs play such an integral role in human function and performance they are much more than just components for building muscle proteins.
These amino acids appear to directly influence metabolism, both by stimulating protein synthesis and inhibiting protein degradation.
They also play roles in strengthening the immune system, prevention of lactic acid build up, and are a great aid in day after muscle soreness.
When you workout, the stress of the effort you are putting in enhances the breakdown of Amino Acids in your blood profile. If you are engaging in an active lifestyle it is imperative you increase your intake of amino acids.
Branched-chain amino acids increase muscle protein retention via several mechanisms.
BCAAs (particularly leucine) have been shown to stimulate the anabolic signaling pathway and as a result its downstream effect the mechanisms which are integral to muscle hypertrophy.
Human studies also suggest that BCAA supplementation might increase plasma growth hormone levels, another positive mediator of muscle protein synthesis and Body Fat Control.
BCAAs are also very strong in the prevention of muscle protein catabolism. Exercise has been shown to increase both muscle protein synthesis and breakdown rates. It is integral to have a rich supply of aminos in the blood stream to have a quality physique. When exercising and increasing the caloric output you do not want the body to feed off its own muscle tissue to provide itself with an amino supply.