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    What are BCAA's?

    What does it stand for and what does it do? I found these in my Protein powder that I just bought.
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    Originally Posted by Weight_Lifter
    What does it stand for and what does it do? I found these in my Protein powder that I just bought.
    Amino Acids are the building block of muscle. They help with recovery, mass, and strength. Most recently there have been reviews on the affects of "mega-dosing" Amino acids and people, including myself, have had great results with that method. I will post links for more info later, im off to the gym. Hope that helps for now.
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    Branced Chain Amino Acids

    Leucine
    Valine
    Isoleucine

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    Among the most beneficial and effective supplements in any sports nutrition program are branched chain amino acids. These are the essential aminos leucine, isoleucine, and valine.

    Although these supplements have been around for a long time and the scientific understanding in the exercise performance benefits of BCAA supplementation is rich many people don't know exactly how they exert their effects or how and when to use them properly.

    You probably know that amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When you eat a protein food, it gets digested in the stomach and intestine into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids that are small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream. These amino acids have far reaching effects in the body from building and repairing tissues, to producing chemicals that enable our brains to function optimally.

    What Is The Difference Between Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids?

    Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body. You must get them from complete protein foods or combinations of incomplete vegetable foods. There are 9 essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and valine. Your body can make non-essential amino acids by itself from vitamins and other amino acids.

    The term "non-essential" can be misleading since all amino acids are essential for proper metabolism and certain non-essential amino acids, such as glutamine, become very essential. The 13 non-essential amino acids are alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, cystine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, hydroxyproline, proline, serine, & tyrosine.

    The essential branched chain amino acids (BCAA's) are of special importance for athletes because they are metabolized in the muscle, rather than in the liver. Here's how this works: After digestion once protein is broken down into individual amino acids these aminos can either be used to build new proteins or be burned as fuel to produce energy.

    Found here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/bcaa.html

    My BCAA Recommendations:

    Scivation XTend
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/sv/xtend.html

    MRM BCAA+G
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/mrm/bcaa.html

    Xtreme Formulations ICE
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/xf/ice.html

    NOW BCAA Powder
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...highlight=bcaa

    Sci-Fit BCAA Powder 500
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...highlight=bcaa

    BCAA Comparison Chart
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...highlight=bcaa

    SciVation XTend FAQ
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=672898

    I use SciVation XTend. It is superior to the other products in the amount of BCAA's it contains, and is fairly priced. Bulk BCAA's are much cheaper, but the taste is not very good. Although you can add a flavoring system to bulk BCAA’s, the extra money is well worth it.

    EDIT: Sorry, if I went "slightly" overboard.
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    Originally Posted by Weight_Lifter
    What does it stand for and what does it do? I found these in my Protein powder that I just bought.
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    Just to add to Noname's post, this thread is packed with great information

    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=704634
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    Thanks for the help. I was getting concerned BCAA where some sort of weight gainer. But as long as I'm gaining weight from muscles then its ok.
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    Originally Posted by NoNameNecessary
    Among the most beneficial and effective supplements in any sports nutrition program are branched chain amino acids. These are the essential aminos leucine, isoleucine, and valine.

    Although these supplements have been around for a long time and the scientific understanding in the exercise performance benefits of BCAA supplementation is rich many people don't know exactly how they exert their effects or how and when to use them properly.

    You probably know that amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When you eat a protein food, it gets digested in the stomach and intestine into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids that are small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream. These amino acids have far reaching effects in the body from building and repairing tissues, to producing chemicals that enable our brains to function optimally.

    What Is The Difference Between Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids?

    Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body. You must get them from complete protein foods or combinations of incomplete vegetable foods. There are 9 essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and valine. Your body can make non-essential amino acids by itself from vitamins and other amino acids.

    The term "non-essential" can be misleading since all amino acids are essential for proper metabolism and certain non-essential amino acids, such as glutamine, become very essential. The 13 non-essential amino acids are alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, cystine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, hydroxyproline, proline, serine, & tyrosine.

    The essential branched chain amino acids (BCAA's) are of special importance for athletes because they are metabolized in the muscle, rather than in the liver. Here's how this works: After digestion once protein is broken down into individual amino acids these aminos can either be used to build new proteins or be burned as fuel to produce energy.

    Found here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/bcaa.html

    My BCAA Recommendations:

    Scivation XTend
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/sv/xtend.html

    MRM BCAA+G
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/mrm/bcaa.html

    Xtreme Formulations ICE
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/xf/ice.html

    NOW BCAA Powder
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...highlight=bcaa

    Sci-Fit BCAA Powder 500
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...highlight=bcaa

    BCAA Comparison Chart
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...highlight=bcaa

    SciVation XTend FAQ
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=672898

    I use SciVation XTend. It is superior to the other products in the amount of BCAA's it contains, and is fairly priced. Bulk BCAA's are much cheaper, but the taste is not very good. Although you can add a flavoring system to bulk BCAA’s, the extra money is well worth it.

    EDIT: Sorry, if I went "slightly" overboard.
    Thats all the info you need. good post bro.
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