YAY! Today I got another shipment of BCAAs and thank the lord because I drink this almost every day. When I first started working out I would be so sore and it could last for days. Whether or not I stretched, the soreness was impairing my everyday life and I got so sick of it!
BCAAs or branched-chain amino acids refers to three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. All animal products, such as meat and eggs, already contain these proteins. However, BCAA supplements are in free-form, so they require no digestion and can be readily absorbed into the bloodstream.
There are two categories of people who should consider drinking BCAAs: those who are gaining mass, and those trying to preserve muscle mass on a low calorie diet.
BCAAs have been shown to:
- stimulate the rate of protein synthesis
- increase cell’s capacity for protein synthesis
- reduce the rate of protein breakdown
- produce a harder, longer workout by reducing the amount of tryptophan entering the brain, thus reducing the amount of serotonin
SO! If you find yourself in one of the two categories above or like this after the gym:
Consider investing in some BCAAs to help with your gains and recovery! I drink mine intra-workout to keep me hydrated and reduce protein breakdown before I get to my post workout meal. Some prefer to take this after they workout or simply for a sweet treat to stay hydrated throughout the day! Yum!