We hear the abbreviations all the time, BCAAs and EAAs… So, what exactly are they and what do they stand for?
BCAAs stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids, and constitutes 3 out of the 9 essential amino acids. Then we have EAAs, or Essential Amino Acids. This is the 9 amino acids that are essential in our diet. These 9 essential amino acids, are amino acids our body cannot create on its own therefore, its necessary from dietary sources, including supplements.
BCAAs comprise of three amino acids; Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. Researchers have found that BCAAs are helpful in promoting muscle protein synthesis and prevents muscle break down. They are highly beneficial for post-workout soreness and promoting a speedy recovery.
What are the benefits of taking a supplement like this?
When in a calorie deficit, when wanting to lose weight, if we do not provide our bodies with enough amino acids through protein, the body will break down muscle to use its amino acids for energy. This is the last thing you want when trying to change body composition. Usually, the aim is to maintain muscle mass and also lose fat mass.
Taking Aminos when in a calorie deficit, gives you that peace of mind that your body isn’t breaking down any muscle. Also aiding in muscle recovery after whatever type of training to you – it is bound to help your training regime.
It enhances muscle protein synthesis, better known as muscle building, as it’s providing your body with all the essential amino acids to do so.
Believe it or not, it’s an excellent way to drink more water too. Add it to your water bottle to have a little more flavour to your water! It is seriously the most versatile product out!
When to take it?
You can take it any time of any day. If you had to really put a time frame on it, adding into your post training regime will enhance muscle growth and recovery. If you struggle to drink adequate amounts of water and stay hydrated across the day, adding some BCAAs can be a problem solved. Add some flavour and sweetness, you could see yourself reaching for the water bottle.
So what makes ours better?
Most products on the market contain solely BCAAs therefore, only containing the 3 amino acids. However, get your hands on some Athletic Sport Aminos and not only will you get BCAAs but you will also get EAAs. Not just 3, but all 9 essential amino acids.