Benefits and advantages of Branch Chained Amino Acids (BCAAs)


Good day Ladies and Gentlemen,

    The purpose of this blog is to teach individuals what
Branch-Chained-Amino-Acids (BCAAs) are and what are the benefits and
advantages of supplementing Branch-Chained-Amino-Acids (BCAAs) to a
well-balanced diet.

    First things first, what are BCAAs? They are amino acids that are made up of
an aliphatic side-chain with a central carbon atom bound to three or more
carbon atoms within a branch. In other words for simple folk like myself,
BCAAs are essentials nutrients that the body acquires through proteins found
in food such as meat, legumes and dairy products. Some of the essential
amino acids are known as Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.

    There seems to be an overuse of the word "essential" and if you're like me
(which is probably why you're here) your hunger for knowledge does not cease
and neither should it. When it comes to amino acids there are 20 different
amino acids, 9 of them are not produced by your body which is why they are
deemed "essential".

    Now, to the meat and potatoes. Why should you implement BCAAs to your daily
nutrient intake? A better question is, why shouldn't you? Let's start by
talking about how it helps prevent muscle wasting during your cuts, shreds,
competition preps or anything that involves you being in a caloric deficit.
The protein in your muscle is continuously being broken down and rebuilt via
numerous types of stimulus. These are responses that your body creates in
order to adapt to different types of stresses. Taking BCAAs inhibits muscle
protein breakdown. Imagine slowly getting the results that you've always
wanted and seeing them waste away because of poor diet and lack of good
supplementation.

    BCAAs assists your body by decreasing muscle soreness. After your body goes
through an intense training session, your body goes through something called
Delayed-Onset-Muscle-Soreness (DOMS). This happens 24-48 hours after your
workout session and it can last up to 72-96 hours. In most cases, training
cause small tears in the muscle and this is where BCAAs come into play, by
decreasing muscle damage they help reduce the after effects and severity of
DOMS.

    Have you ever felt fatigued during your workout? I know I have. It sucks!
Your mind wants to keep going but your body is in a slump. Wouldn't it be
nice if we had Wolverine's healing factor and stamina? Well, look no further
because BCAAs helps reduce exercise-induced fatigue (no, you will not become
a superhero but it's one of the closest things we have at the moment).
During exercise levels of an essential amino acid in your brain called
tryptophan is converted to serotonin, which is a brain chemical linked to
fatigue. This can be prevented by supplying your muscles with more BCAAs
since your brain's production of serotonin is a chemical response to balance
the decrease of BCAAs in your muscles.

    Last but not least, one of the most popular uses of BCAAs is the ability it
possesses to increase muscle growth. The amino acid Leucine is the component
that sets a chain of events in your body that stimulates protein synthesis,
which means "muscle production".

    There are too many benefits that BCAAs bring to list here. However, BCAAs
will not maximize protein synthesis or assist in recovery or even help you
throughout your workout if you are not paying attention and care to your
caloric intake. If you want best results I recommend taking BCAAs during
your training session, followed by Fuego Protein post workout.

Chris "Grim" Correa

Fuego Coach


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