Branch Chain Amino Acids are the "Building Blocks" of the body. They make up 35% of your muscle mass and must be present for molecular growth and development to take place. Eight are essential (cannot be manufactured by the body) the rest are non-essential (can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition). Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies, they are part of the enzyme & hormonal system; they build RNA and DNA and they carry oxygen throughout the body.
Proteins are made up of amino acids. The difference between full spectrum amino acids and regular protein powders is that protein powders have fillers, sweeteners, dyes and extra carbohydrates. More than 20 amino acids are needed to build muscle, red blood cells, and hundreds of other molecules that sustain life. Your body can produce all but 8-10 amino acids which must be obtained through your diet or supplementation. A complete amino acid profile is needed by your body to reach your maximum fitness potential.
With BCAA's 4-8 grams before a work out and 4-8 grams after is optimal. Lesser amounts are effective but if increased performance and recovery are needed a higher dosage is more effective. Taking BCAA's immediately before or during a strenuous workout or cardio session will increase performance.
Taking them after with a post work out meal or recovery drink will help speed the replacement of BCAA's in the muscles, speeding muscle recovery and preventing overtraining.
They are a staple in my stack, I think they are great. I take mine both during and after my workout. I use Scivation Xtend or SciFit Shockwave.
i was looking around and found axis labs bcaa ethyl ester. it sounds good but i really dont know that much about the bcaa. tell me what you think.
The post of interest about whether BCAA's are different to Whey.
Originally Posted by Me a year ago
EAA > BCAA.
BCAA: branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine).
EAA: essential amino acids (L-Leucin , L-Lysin , L-fenylalanin , L-Treonin ,L-Valin , L-Arginin, L-Histidin , L-Isoleucin , DL-Methionin)
I highly recommend you to purchase an EAA supplemnt instead of BCAA.
I myself have been using it for a while and noticed that little boost I've desired for a while, other factors could be involved obviously but I belive it's given me a big benifit.
EAA work the same way as BCAA, but with a superior nature.
Some of the aminoacid names are in Swedish but you get the point.