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    What does BCAA do ?

    BCAA / Amino Acids are very popular among gym goers. But what does BCAA do actually. They are assumed to kick start the recovery process during workout only. But do these wide spread BCAA benefits are true.

    Fact is that BCAA / Amino Acids Supplements intake during exercise doesn’t offer any additional performance benefit if sufficient amount of Carbohydrates are consumed which are body’s preferred energy source. However for endurance athletes who train for extended training sessions It can help to preserve lean muscle mass and ensure that body utilizes fat in place of lean muscle tissue for energy in absence of sufficient Glycogen Stores.

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    BCAA's are constantly debated on here. If you have the extra money and like to flavor your water intra-workout (and get some recovery benefits as well) then I say go for it. I personally have been using them for over 10 years now. Are they a game changer? Absolutely not. But if there worse products you could blow your money on? Absolutely.

    All comes down to personal preference.






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    Check out this link for more info on BCAAS

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    They don't do anything if you have 1.2g/kg of daily protein intake or higher. https://mauiathletics.com/bcaa/

    They may be detrimental as they increase metabolic burden and potentially contribute to competitive absorption of the rest of the EAAs. Absolutely do not go for it.


    Alan Aragon has a nice quote on them: "BCAA supps are nothing more than expensive, redundant calories.

    The high-quality proteins in our diets are comprised of roughly 18-26% BCAA as it is. Supplementing with extra BCAA on top of that can range from adding extra unnecessary calories (and metabolic burden), to potentially inhibiting optimal use of ingested amino acids.

    It's LOL to supp with BCAA to begin with, instead of an intact, high-quality protein such as whey, which provides the rest of the EAAs as well as other co-factors for anabolism. But it’s all moot if you're getting enough total daily protein anyway. Protein intake for the primary goal of muscle growth is optimized at 1.6-2.2 g/kg (0.7-1.0 g/lb).

    All of the BCAA supplementation research compares BCAA with a non-nitrogenous placebo, or nothing at all. None of the studies - including studies on muscle soreness - compare BCAA with an isocaloric dose of protein (let alone doing that within a protein-optimized diet). I scoured the literature and found that the studies showing no effects outnumber the studies showing positive effects (on body comp and/or exercise performance) by 2 to 1. Bottom line: BCAAs are a bad bet.

    The claim that BCAA supplementation is crucial for vegans is misleading as well. The essential amino acids (EAAs) whose bioavailability is most commonly affected by vegan diets include methionine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, lysine, and threonine. So, for this population, it’s about achieving overall completeness, not just BCAA."
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    I'm pretty sure your wrong, but care to elaborate...

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    Originally Posted by powercage View Post
    They don't do anything if you have 1.2g/kg of daily protein intake or higher. https://mauiathletics.com/bcaa/

    They may be detrimental as they increase metabolic burden and potentially contribute to competitive absorption of the rest of the EAAs. Absolutely do not go for it.


    Alan Aragon has a nice quote on them: "BCAA supps are nothing more than expensive, redundant calories.

    The high-quality proteins in our diets are comprised of roughly 18-26% BCAA as it is. Supplementing with extra BCAA on top of that can range from adding extra unnecessary calories (and metabolic burden), to potentially inhibiting optimal use of ingested amino acids.

    It's LOL to supp with BCAA to begin with, instead of an intact, high-quality protein such as whey, which provides the rest of the EAAs as well as other co-factors for anabolism. But it’s all moot if you're getting enough total daily protein anyway. Protein intake for the primary goal of muscle growth is optimized at 1.6-2.2 g/kg (0.7-1.0 g/lb).

    All of the BCAA supplementation research compares BCAA with a non-nitrogenous placebo, or nothing at all. None of the studies - including studies on muscle soreness - compare BCAA with an isocaloric dose of protein (let alone doing that within a protein-optimized diet). I scoured the literature and found that the studies showing no effects outnumber the studies showing positive effects (on body comp and/or exercise performance) by 2 to 1. Bottom line: BCAAs are a bad bet.

    The claim that BCAA supplementation is crucial for vegans is misleading as well. The essential amino acids (EAAs) whose bioavailability is most commonly affected by vegan diets include methionine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, lysine, and threonine. So, for this population, it’s about achieving overall completeness, not just BCAA."

    1st. Quotes from people that don't lift shouldn't count, and the same goes for his party of lab bro's

    2nd. BCAAs are the most important aminos for building muscle. BCAA > EAA

    3rd. The link I shared provides more than enough research to show BCAAs are beneficial
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    Originally Posted by TheFugitive View Post
    1st. Quotes from people that don't lift shouldn't count, and the same goes for his party of lab bro's

    2nd. BCAAs are the most important aminos for building muscle. BCAA > EAA

    3rd. The link I shared provides more than enough research to show BCAAs are beneficial
    Bcaas are EAAs

    And leucine is the most important for building muscle. There is a reason why we require more of it as we age.
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    Originally Posted by TheFugitive View Post
    1st. Quotes from people that don't lift shouldn't count, and the same goes for his party of lab bro's

    2nd. BCAAs are the most important aminos for building muscle. BCAA > EAA

    3rd. The link I shared provides more than enough research to show BCAAs are beneficial
    1 and 3 are contradictory. If Alan doesn't lift, then certainly the rest of the scientists in the "research" you posted in the other thread don't lift.

    As to 2, BCAAs are only 3 EAAs. If you're getting EAAs from protein, you're getting BCAAs. Terrible point is terrible.

    Regarding the "research" in #3. With your history of calling research and studies, "Blah, blah, blah," can anyone take you seriously anymore?

    Inb4, "Do you even lift bro."
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    I'm pretty sure you're wrong, but care to elaborate...

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