What is Branched Chain Amino Acids? BCAAS
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Branched chain
amino acids (BCAAs) are so called because of their structure, which
includes a “side chain” of one carbon atom and three hydrogen
atoms. There are three BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Of
these, leucine is the most heavily researched, and appears to offer
the biggest physiological benefit. (More on that below.)
For the science geeks, these hydrophobic (water-fearing) amino
acids are referred to as “aliphatic” (from the Greek aleiphar, or oil), as their central carbon attaches to a branched
non-cyclic, open carbon chain.
How does it work?
Branched-chain amino acids stimulate the building of protein in
muscle and possibly reduce muscle breakdown. Branched-chain amino
acids seem to prevent faulty message transmission in the brain
cells of people with advanced liver disease, mania, tardive
dyskinesia, and anorexia.
What it'll do for you: Branched-chain amino acids are often used to treat Lou Gehrig's
disease, brain conditions due to liver disease, elderly and cancer
patients and people who are confined to bed rest. Some perfectly
healthy people use BCAAs to prevent fatigue and improve
concentration. But the most relevant to you, perhaps, is the common
practice of taking branched-chain amino acids to improve exercise
performance and reduce muscle breakdown. While the first use has a
fair amount of skeptics, the second is widely accepted in the
Producr name:Vegan Instantized BCAA Powder
Other names:Branched Chain Amino Acids
Vegan Instantized BCAA Powder is a mixture of THREE branched-chain
amino acids formulated in the 2:1:1 ratio of L-leucine:
L-isoleucine: L-valine. The product is manufactured by a patented
microencapsulation process with sunflower lecithin. The L-leucine
is from fermentation.
Packaging: Packaged in the 25kg net cardboard drum, packed with the double
layer polyethylene bag as the liner.
Storage and Handling: Store in a dry place and keep away from strong odors at room
Shelf Life: Two years in the original package. It is recommended to use the
entire content after opening.
Health benefits of BCAAs:
BCAAs play an important role in:
- Synthesis of proteins in general
- Glucose homeostasis (i.e. keeping blood sugar levels constant)
- Direct regulation of muscle protein synthesis (via insulin
BCAAs’ potential impact on the aforementioned processes depends
upon availability and dietary intake.
Adequate consumption of BCAAs may help manage body fat, spare
muscle mass, and regulate glucose/insulin balance.
- BCAA supplementation may lower lactate levels after resistance
training and improve muscular oxidation.
- BCAAs may increase growth hormone (GH) circulation, which may be
related to anabolic mechanisms causing muscle growth (De Palo EF et
- BCAA supplementation may decrease serum concentrations of the
intramuscular enzymes creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase
following prolonged exercise. This can decrease muscle damage and