What does it stand for and what does it do? I found these in my Protein powder that I just bought.
Thread: What are BCAA's?
03-15-2006, 02:42 PM #1
03-15-2006, 02:46 PM #2
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03-15-2006, 02:46 PM #3
03-15-2006, 02:48 PM #4
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:
Xtreme Formulations ICE
NOW BCAA Powder
Sci-Fit BCAA Powder 500
BCAA Comparison Chart
SciVation XTend FAQ
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.
03-15-2006, 02:49 PM #5
03-15-2006, 02:49 PM #6
Just to add to Noname's post, this thread is packed with great information
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=704634Sinners in the hands of an angry Mod.
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03-15-2006, 02:51 PM #7
03-15-2006, 02:52 PM #8
03-15-2006, 02:58 PM #9
Just to add to nonames post.
Amino Acid Info
Study on Amino Acids
When to take them:
Good thread all about aminos
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...highlight=BCAANew 5/3/1 Strength Journal: