QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What Are BCAAs?
BCAA’s, or Branch Chain Amino Acids, are made from three essential amino acids called Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine that are combined in an optimal 2:1:1 ratio to supplement the high protein diet of athletes and people who train regularly. BCAA supplements are basically molecules that combine to form protein. Including them in your diet in free form has been shown to help promote muscle mass, recovery and support the immune system during periods of intense training.
BCAAs are essential meaning you must get them from your diet as your body doesn’t produce them naturally. The aminos go straight to your muscles where they are processed. This is why its suggested that they increase muscle function and repair while helping with muscle soreness.
Because BCAAs are designed to improve exercise performance and reduce muscle breakdown, they’re best added to a shake or taken separately before exercise. BCAAs aren’t required for everyone. If you’re working out a couple of a days a week or taking part in a class – you probably don’t need to supplement. If you’re training hard and you want a boost in performance, you may want to give them a go.