Amino Acids are the building blocks of muscle. Getting adequate amounts of Amino Acids is essential for those who exercise. Exercise burns Amino Acids rapidly. Failure to replenish the body with proper Amino Acids can cause people who train frequently to make little or no progress.
Amino Acids are best used as Free Form Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s). BCAA’s do not require digestion and go straight into the blood stream for immediate use by muscle cells. BCAA also provides 70% of the body’s Nitrogen requirement, which is essential for the building and recovery of muscles. After supplementation, these individual BCAA’S can either be used to build new muscle proteins or be burned as fuel to produce energy.
Increased Recovery – Perhaps the greatest benefit to hard training athletes is the increase in metabolic recovery that follows supplementation. Most athletes feel a substantial decrease in the amount of post exercise muscle soreness soon after beginning BCAA supplementation.
Endurance – The BCAAs can serve as a donor of nitrogen in the formation of l-alanine, which provides the body with glucose after glycogen stores have been depleted.
Stimulate Protein Synthesis – BCAAs by themselves have been shown to independently stimulate muscle protein synthesis. In other words, they have shown the ability to induce muscle gains, even in the absence of weight training! Studies have shown that BCAA supplementation increases the hormones: testosterone, growth hormone, and insulin.
Stimulate Fat Loss – Supplementation of BCAAs has been shown to trigger significant and preferential losses of visceral body fat. Located in the deeper layers of the body under the subcutaneous fat, this visceral fat tends to be resistant to dieting and is hard to lose.
Anti-Catabolic Effects – BCAAs probably exert most of their anabolic effects through anti-catabolic activity. In short, they suppress the use of muscle proteins for fuel, thereby sparing the breakdown of muscular protein. In part this is because they can sacrifice themselves as fuel. With less muscular protein being broken down by the body during training, the net result is increased protein synthesis and more muscle for you!