Super Growth with 3 BCAAs

Do you want to train harder and longer without getting exhausted then this article will help you in knowing how you can enhance your performance.

Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are the 3 BCAAs. “Branched-chain amino acids” is derived from the structure of these compounds. The name ‘branched’ has come out as a forked outcropping which connects amino acids. Those amino acids that the body cannot synthesize on its own, need to be supplemented and hence are essential amino acids. In fact, even though there are 20 amino acids that muscles use for growth, the BCAAs comprise roughly a third of the aminos within muscle tissue. Therefore, the 3 BCAAs are indispensable if you are targeting great muscle gains.

Metabolism

It seems like it hardly matters as long as the ending result is growth in muscle tissue. But the fact is that the manner in which amino acids are metabolized plays a crucial role in their functions within the body. The metabolism of BCAAs is different that the metabolic processes of other amino acids. BCAAs are special because of the way they are metabolized.

It is interesting to know that while most of the amino acids are metabolized in the liver, BCAAs are metabolized in the muscle. Although they look similar in structure, the three branched chain amino acids have different metabolic channels. Leucine is synthesized via fat bases. Valine is broken down through carbohydrate pathways and Isoleucine is metabolized through both. The different metabolic pathways of these three amino acids lead to different requirements for each.

BCAAs are metabolized within muscle tissues which is unlike most other amino acids, allowing them to be used as energy by muscle cells to produce cellular energy in the form of ATP. ATP is the primary source of energy that fuels muscle contraction and allows you to lift weights.

The fact that leucine, isoleucine and valine are metabolized within muscle tissue allows them to be a quick energy source whenever the body needs it. Body requires more energy during period of stress such as training, hence, there is a significant increase in BCAA metabolism during long exercise sessions. The right to take BCAA therefore is around your workout.

The unique metabolic processes, requirement and versatility of BCAAs allow them to impact nearly every aspect of training.

BCAAs and Performance

If you are an athlete, improving performance during training is of utmost importance irrespective of your goals. Improved performance will help you in your sport of choice during actual competition. Increased performance will result into more weight lifted for more reps, which ultimately translates into more muscle growth.

BCAAs have been proven in many studies to a potent performance enhancer, and as previously mentioned, BCAAs make a great energy source for working muscles because of their unique metabolism. BCAAs can be an energy version for the muscles themselves. They also enhance fat oxidation in glycogen depleted subjects. This allows individuals to train harder and longer without getting exhausted. This is useful for both high-intensity training and endurance training. Another way that BCAAs can enhance performance is through their ability to spare glycogen during training.

Another positive effect of taking BCAAs pre-workout is that proves beneficial on testosterone levels. During intense training it is normal for testosterone levels to rise. After training is ceased testosterone levels will begin to fall back to normal baseline.

The most important times to ingest BCAAs are before, during and after training. Recommended dosage can be: 150lbs or less – 3 grams | 151lbs or more – 5 grams. 

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Rajul Tiwari

Rajul Tiwari is the Editor-in-Chief at bodyandstrenth.com and has 18 years of experience in media, content, publishing and education. She has worked with media houses like Daini.... Read More..

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