Branched Chained Amino Acids (BCAAs) account for up to 40% of amino acids in your muscles. Unlike the well-known amino acid Glutamate, BCAAs are actually considered as "Essential" Amino Acids. BCAAs play a direct role in Glutamate metabolism, so essential for muscle building and muscle maintenance.
BCAAs are a major source of nitrogen for the synthesis and processing of Glutamate. This means they can greatly help the absorption and use of Glutamate by your body. So for example if you are taking a protein with a hight amount of Glutamate to build optimal muscle, taking BCAAs can further advance the work of Glutamate in building and repairing your muscles. In effect, BCAAs can turbo-charge your protein and your Glutamate.
BCAAs are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. Many professional body builders take BCAAs to build more muscle mass and improve recovery between training sessions.
When you exercise, especially weight lifting, your body breaks down muscle tissue (Catabolism). BCAAs especially Leucine can reduce Catabolism and ensure muscle breakdown is kept to a minimum. Taking BCAAs immediately after a workout can ensure minimal muscle loss and increased muscle development.
What makes BCAAs totally unique is that they get metabolized in your muscles, as opposed to your gut. This means they get metabolized exactly where they are needed most! This is not the case with other supplements.
Taking BCAAs during and after exercise has shown that they can spare muscle glycogen from being used. This is critical as it in effect protects your hard-earned muscle from being broken down and wasted. Many people, especially those with fast metabolisms find that muscle building becomes a 2 steps forward, 3 steps back process. BCAAs can protect the muscles and thus making your muscle-building 3 steps forward and no steps back!
Of the three Branched Chain Amino Acids, Leucine is the most effective one for muscle building and muscle preservation. Having said that, it seems the relationship between Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine and their exact ratios against one another is key to optimal muscle building. Taking in BCAAs at random doses or incorrect ratios may not work.
There are a huge number of studies on BCAAs and their effect on medical problems such as those of the liver. There are relatively fewer studies on BCAAs and athletic performance. Of those few studies, some show the correct ratio to be 3:1:1 or a few show it to be 4:1:1.
LA Muscle’s multi-million pound R&D laboratories in the USA have spent a considerable amount of time researching the ratios and the potential effects of other amino acids on BCAAs. Their conclusion is that the correct ratio for optimal athletic performance, muscle recovery and muscle building is 3:1:1 (Leucine 3, Isoleucine 1, Valine 1). It was further found that there is no need for the addition of other amino acids to a BCAAs formula and they could possibly even interfere with the work of BCAAs for athletes.
Following the above research, LA Muscle’s R&D labs formulated 311 BCAAs, containing the correct ratios of Branch Chain Amino Acids to the highest Standards. The resulting supplement 311 BCAAs has no impurities or additions, and is available to order now. Use 311 BCAAs and start seeing some real results in and out of the gym.
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