There has recently been a lot of talk about branch chain amino acids and essential amino acids and to tell the truth, it can get a bit confusing. Why are there so many different amino acid supplements out there and how beneficial are they? Also more specifically, what are branch chain amino acids and what benefits do they offer?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and assist with building and repairing muscle and other important physiological functions. Thus they are organic compounds composed of nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, along with a variable side chain group.
There are twenty amino acids that your body needs to function properly. That means that only eleven of those amino acids occur in the body naturally, they are non-essential amino acids. The other nine amino acids (essential amino acids or EAAs) need to be ingested by either supplementation, or through food. Branch chain amino acids also fall under essential amino acids.
Amino acids help the body perform various functions including protein synthesis, calcium absorption, skin elasticity, sleep and hormone regulation, to name a few. They also boost your immune system and help the body fight diseases. They are key to building lean mass, muscle recovery and to enhance performance.
There are 3 BCAAs: valine, leucine and isoleucine and they are also essential amino acids (EAAs).
BCAAs are amino acids that have a side chain with a branch (a central carbon atom bound to three or more carbon atoms).
Valine: helps stimulate muscle growth and regeneration and is involved in energy production.
Isoleucine: Involved in muscle metabolism and is heavily concentrated in muscle tissue. It’s also important for immune function, haemoglobin production and energy regulation.
Leucine: Critical for protein synthesis and muscle repair. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels, stimulates wound healing and produces growth hormones.
USN’s BCAA Amino-Gro is an advanced formulation of BCAAs in the ratio 2:1:1 for optimal endurance, energy and recovery to optimise your workout. The addition of electrolytes to BCAA Amino-Gro assists in replenishment of your body’s natural electrolytes for performance and recovery. Added Glutamine, Citrulline Malate and β-Alanine aids in muscle recovery, strength, endurance and an increased exercise threshold.
It is easy to see why this product has been on the market for 6 years and why it is tried and tested. It is important to give your body the right fuel during intense training sessions and to ensure that all your nutrition requirements are met. This product can easily assist in breaking plateaus and to get your body ready for that next intense session.