Why BCAA’s Are Important And When To Take Them
Every athlete or bodybuilder wants to become faster, bigger, and stronger. They all want to reach a level of performance that is off the charts, but sometimes in order to make that happen supplements are necessary. As an athlete, you have probably done extensive research on the Internet about the different types of supplements. Due to the large demand of supplements, there are now tons of different products available. However, most people forget about the basic supplements, which happen to be the most important.
The basic supplements would include protein, creatine, and multi-vitamins. Below, you will learn more information about BCAA’s and when to take BCAA.
What IS BCAA?
There are a total of 20 amino acids that the body needs. Some of these amino acids are non-essential, which means the body is capable of producing them. However, some of these amino acids are essential, which means they need to be obtained from food or supplements.
BCAA stands for branched chain amino acids. Amino acids are necessary in order to produce protein. You can also receive amino acids from eating food, but these amino acids first travel through the liver. When taking BCAAs, they bypass the liver and go directly to the muscles, which allows you to build more muscle and repair your muscles faster after or during a workout. You can take BCAA before or after workout to increase endurance or build muscles.
BCAA’s During Workout / Intra Workout BCAA
While you are working out, increased levels of serotonin can cause you to tire out. Serotonin is the hormone that regulates your mood. Studies show that the valine in BCAA can reduce the quantity of serotonin traveling to the brain. Basically, this means that taking BCAAs during workout can prevent you from tiring out.
BCAAs can also help with muscle soreness. This is possible because the amino acid leucine can stimulate muscle growth in two different ways. First, it will trigger muscle protein synthesis, which causes amino acids to string together to build stronger protein. Leucine can also increase insulin levels, which helps balance nutrition, metabolic activities, and hormones.
As you can see BCAA’s supplements can be very useful after your workout or during the workout. Just make sure that you are taking the supplement as recommended by the directions. Taking too much or not enough of these supplements at the right time can affect the results of your workout. Suffice to say, BCAA supplements can help you achieve your fitness desires easier, more rapidly and to a further extent than you could ever imagine.
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