What are BCAAs? Unveiling the important Branched-Chain Amino Acids benefits and how to put them to work for you.
WHAT ARE BCAAs?
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) refers to three of the nine essential amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.
What are essential amino acids?
There are 20 core amino acids. Your body produces half of these naturally, but is unable to produce the other half on its own. The 10 amino acids your body does not produce are essential amino acids (although one of the essentials, arginine, is said to only be essential while humans are young).
Put simply: Essential amino acids are the protein parts that the body cannot make on its own, and to obtain them we must include certain foods in our diet.
The essential Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs):
- Leucine Leucine is often referred to as the primary amino acid as it is the only amino acid known to directly stimulate muscle protein synthesis. There is a protein known as mTOR. Leucine is proven to activate this protein, which then stimulates the creation of muscle protein.
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