BCAA’s Building Blocks to Building Muscle

One of the greatest ways to building muscle fast has a lot to do with your recovery time.  If you are in the gym most of the week and you are not recovering quick enough the process to building muscle could be slower than you would like.  There are essential nutrients your body needs for proper recovery.  One popular supplement is BCAA’s.

What are BCAA’s

Amino acids (branched chain amino acids) are the building blocks of protein. When you eat food containing protein, it gets digested through the intestines and stomach. During this process the protein is broken down into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids. These amino acids are small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

BCAAs are the essential aminos (leucine, isoleucine, and valine.)
Branched-chain amino acids stimulate the building of protein in muscle and possibly reduce muscle breakdown.

What are BCAA’s used for?

During intense weight training the body is normally in a highly catabolic condition. At this time glycogen stores are being rapidly depleted and the liver in turn must synthesize glucose by a conversion of L-Alanine. Alanine makes up over half of the amino acid content released from muscles during exercise.

Athletes use branched-chain amino acids to improve exercise performance and reduce protein and muscle breakdown during intense exercise.  One good habit is to consume BCAA’s during your workout as your muscles begin to break down.  Doing this will begin the recovery process and will help the building of muscle fast.

When you consume BCAAs they are absorbed directly into the muscle tissues and are metabolized quickly. Because of this, BCAAs commonly support:
•    Strength and power
•    Quick recovery after workout sessions
•    Muscle building potential
•    Energy levels

How much should you take?

I would recommend an individual who consistently trains hard to consume at least 20grams during your workout.  Any less than that is just a waste.  BCAA’s have been around a long time and many people do not know about their effects


References:  Web md, Muscle & Strength.