BCAAS – Are Branched Chained Amino Acid Supplements Necessary For Muscle Growth??
BCAAS or branched chained amino acids are made up of the 3 essential amino acids Leucine, Isolucine and Valine. BCAA’s are rapidly broken down during intense weight training and other forms of intense physical exercise. Branched chain amino acids are essential for muscle tissue repair and are considered anti-catabolic.
Because essential amino acids can not be made by the body, they must be consumed through your diet. Foods that are high in essential amino acids include red meat, chicken, fish, turkey and other meats. If you eat an ample amount of meat on a daily basis, you’re getting enough essential amino acids to support muscle growth and training recovery.
However, if you’re a vegetarian and you’re looking to build muscle mass, you might benefit from supplementing your diet with BCAA's. Also, if you’re performing cardio in the morning before breakfast and after weight training in order to get in shape for a bodybuilding contest, photo shoot, etc..., you might benefit from supplementing with BCAA's.
If you’re an endurance athlete, perform a lot of cardio training, or you’re on a restricted calorie diet, you should consider supplementing with BCAA's in order to prevent excessive muscle tissue breakdown (catabolism) which can be triggered by excessive cardio and calorie restriction.
All of that being said, supplementing with extra BCAA’s is not essential for muscle growth. If you’re taking a high quality
whey protein powder,
you’ll be getting a good dose of BCAA’s in each scoop.
Bottom line, for bodybuilding and muscle building purposes, no scientific studies have ever shown that supplementing with BCAA’s along with whey protein and high protein foods further increases muscle mass, strength or recovery.
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