BCAA’s are the building blocks of protein.
They are also the building blocks to all of your training goals!
Let’s face it, we all have different goals. Some train for bodybuilding competitions, some for powerlifting, some endurance like CrossFit or long distance running, and many just to stay fit and healthy. No matter what you are training for, keeping your body fueled and running top notch is a universal priority!
This is why BCAA’s or Branch Chained Amino Acids are SO important! They provide every type of athlete the necessary fuel pre, intra, and post workout.
There are around 80 amino acids found in nature, but our bodies only utilize about 20. Each havening it’s own job to do. They are essential for our bodies to function properly. We know that aminos are the building blocks of protein. This is why it is recommended that you eat complete proteins. I recommend .8-1.0 grams per lb of body weight. Fish, poultry, beef, and protein powders are all amazing ways to get your protein. When the protein breaks down in your body, the individual aminos travel to exactly where your body needs them and some reassemble back into protein aka your muscles.
The fascinating thing about aminos when you consume them in concentrated form like supplements, they preform different functions that go beyond muscle making. I want to discuss the 7 aminos that help the ladies with our goals.
L-Carnitine ~ This amino helps our bodies increase and utilize the little testosterone that we have to make it more efficient in building lean muscle, burning fat, prevent fatigue, prevent damage, and increase blood flow to the muscles.
Glutamine ~ Boosts the production of creatine, enhances muscle growth, improves recovery and immune function, aids in digestion, prevents fatigue and some will say prevents sweet tooth attacks.
Glycine ~ Increases growth hormone levels, boosts production of creatine, and stimulates muscles to contract which increases strength.
Taurine ~ You see this one in a lot of energy drinks, so you already know that it provides a boost of energy. It also enhances ALL your muscles abilities to contract. This means it gives you endurance.
Carnosine ~ Another muscle and endurance boosting amino, but this one also serves the purpose of destroying free radicals that can damage your muscles.
Arginine ~ This one increase nitric oxide production, increasing blood flow and giving you the ultimate pump. When this happens, that improved blood flow is delivering more essential nutrients to your muscle fibers and helping them grow as well as increase in strength.
Tyrosine ~ This one functions as a stimulant. It boosts the production of a hormone called Norepinephrine. This hormone enhances fat loss and controls your appetite. Like a natural thermogenic.
I like to add aminos to my one/+ gallons of water that I drink for the day. This way I am fueling my body constantly with the essentials. Mind you my training is split into two, 2 hour sessions a day, so I lose a lot of vital nutrients from sweating and intense training. Even with that being said, I would still recommend anyone to take BCAA’s throughout the day to make sure your body is functioning top notch, especially women!
My favorite Aminos are Saturn Supplement’s Aminos Pump 50000. I have been drinking these daily in my off season and contest prep for over 4 years now. An ultra concentrated amino acid powder, enriched with BCAA’s, extra L-Glutamine, and Nitric Oxide make this blend a performance powerhouse! There are 59 servings per container, so it is an AWESOME value!!!