WHAT ARE BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS

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Amino acids are building blocks of protein. There are 22 amino acids that are required in the body to carry out various functions especially protein synthesis. Read Here: http://thescrutinizer.net/branched-chain-amino-acids-bcaa-infographic/

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WHAT ARE BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids because of their chemical structure or formula. Each amino acid as the name shows has an amino group NH2 and an acid group COOH and rest in between is a chain of groups like ––CH2 defines the name and function of the particular amino acid. Of all the amino acids there are 22 in total only 3 are called Branched Chain Amino Acids namely Valine Leucine and Isoleucine. These three amino acids have a branched chain rather than a linear chain thus the name. WHAT BENEFITS DO BCAAS PROVIDE Exercise leads to a depletion of liver glycogen and muscle glucose levels decrease. BCAAs are the only amino acids that are metabolized in muscle and go direct to circulation. The rest of the amino acids are metabolized in liver. BCAAs delay central fatigue and maintain glucose levels in muscle. They also delay exercise induced muscle damage and tissue breakdown. BCAAs let the athletes train harder because of their protein sparing effect. FOR WHOM ARE BCAAS BENEFICIAL TO TAKE AND WHY BCAA supplementation is beneficial in relation to sports and exercise. The requirement of BCAAs is increased after exercise due to muscle degradation. Thus athletes or even people exercising regularly would benefit from BCAA supplements. BCAA supplementation before and after exercise promotes muscle protein synthesis and decreases exercise related muscle damage. However the

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results for endurance performance with BCAA are inconsistent and are more for sprinting or weight training. TOXICITY OF BCAAS Numerous toxicity studies have been performed in rats and mice however no toxicity has been reported with BCAA supplementation. There have been no reports on BCAA related toxicity in sports and exercise.

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