Whether you’re working out for a sport, for competitions or just to be the best version of yourself, getting in the best shape of your life requires you to pay particular attention to your diet and training.
Those have to be on point whether you’re planning to lose fat or build muscle, but there are a lot of smaller details that can cumulatively affect your overall success. One of those small details is actually making sure that you’re in an anabolic state as much as possible and BCAAs are what you need to cover this. These particular aminos can have a huge impact on gains in muscle size and strength, fat-burning, and athletic performance.
BCAAs in supplement are free-form, require no digestion, and are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. They spike blood amino acid levels to a much greater and faster extent than peptide-bound aminos. Even a few grams of free-form BCAAs will spike BCAA plasma levels to a much greater extent than 30 grams of whey protein, thereby having a more immediate impact on protein synthesis and protein degradation.
#1. Increase energy & delay fatigue
During exercise, serotonin levels rise and can (among other things) increase the perception of fatigue—that means a less intense workout for you.
BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan that enters the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced. This might allow you to work harder, longer.
#2. Supports immune system
BCAA may support all-around health by enhancing immune fonction following exercise since intense training can be tough on your immune system -especially for those of you on a calories deficit.
Putting your immune system at risk increase your chances of catching a cold or flu and missing some critical gym time!
#3. Helps promote muscle gains
One of the main difference between regular amino acids and BCAAs is that when amino acids from a regular protein source are ingested, they’re first absorbed by the intestines and shuttled straight to the liver. Once in the liver, it gets to decide what to do with depending on what your body needs at the moment.
BCAAs, on the other hand, bypass the liver and gut and go directly into your blood stream, they can be used as an immediate energy source during your workouts or to repair muscle fibers. Valine and isoleucine are considered glucogenic amino acids, meaning they can be converted to glucose and serve as an important energy source during exercise to help fight off fatigue during your workouts.
They’re like that guy at the bar that knows the bouncers and can skip the 1-hour line up to “maybe get in”!
Also, supplementing with BCAAs can help lower levels of cortisol during exercise. That’s a good sign, since cortisol is a catabolic hormone that can interfere with testosterone and encourage muscle breakdown.
Long story short…
BCAAs are use as an immediate energy source, particularly during intense training sessions. The bigger the trainee and the more intense the session is, the more BCAAs will be called upon to be used for fuel.
More fuel for the muscles means you’ll be able to train more intensely and for a longer period of time, which is critical for drastic improvements in body composition.
Sipping on BCAAs during your workout may also help to reduce muscle breakdown and speed up muscle recovery!