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Fitastic February 25, 2013

Should I take BCAA’s?

Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) is commonly known as the building blocks of protein. When food protein is consumed it gets digested into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids that are absorbed into the bloodstream.  BCAA’s are used by the body to repair and build lean muscle tissue.

Do I have your attention yet?  We have essential and non-essential amino acids, but why does that matter to me?  The body cannot make essential amino acids, whereas the body can make non-essential amino acids.  The BCAA’s are especially important to the people that workout because they are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver. This means that branch chain amino acids can be used, as both essential and non-essential BCAA’s to build new proteins or be burned as fuel to create energy.

Getting an adequate amount of Amino Acids can be difficult for those who exercise. Exercise burns Amino Acids rapidly. Failure to replenish the body with proper Amino Acids can cause people who work out intensely to make little or no progress.  To maximize your results, combine amino acids, either by dietary intake or dietary supplementation, with adequate protein intake, quality caloric intake, rest, and recovery to aid in the destination of your goal!

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