Branched Chain Amino Acids & Why you need’em!

There are three amino acids (protein) that you probably haven't heard much about, but you should be getting more of it.  The amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine combine to make branched chain amino acids (BCAA).  These three amino acids are considered essential amino acids and must be obtained from food.  BCAAs are primarily involved in stress reactions, energy, and muscle metabolism.  The thing that makes BCAAs special is that they promote protein synthesis and skeletal muscle uses them as an energy source.   Particularly leucine which increases the re-utilization of other amino acids and decreases protein breakdown. The metabolic route for each of the three BCAAs is different.  Valine goes to carbohydrates, leucine goes to … [Read more...]